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Euthanasia: Acceptance helps grief process

ALAN CAVE
Last updated 05:00 07/12/2013

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Our readers have been sharing their view on euthanasia laws in New Zealand. Alan Cave thinks it should be legal.

I strongly believe that just as individuals should have the right to life, they should also have the right to death.

Most of us have a strong drive to live, and we have given ourselves the right to live as long as medically feasible, by legislating that we are not allowed to kill others.

This is of mutual benefit to most people for most of our lives.

But we all must inevitably die sometime, and euthanasia can also benefit all or most people by allowing us to die with minimal suffering.

It is a breach of common sense human rights not to be able to end our own lives when that is our own will, and we should be able to do so, providing our right to live is not diminished in the process.

If euthanasia was legal, we would ideally be able to receive assistance to end our lives.

We would also be more able to discuss the issues with our loved ones first, and more easily gain their acceptance if it was legal. Acceptance and prior understanding of the reasons by loved ones will help reduce their grieving.


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