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Making someone die in a way that others approve, but he believes a horrifying contradiction of his life, is a devastating, odious form of tyranny.
-Ronald Dworkin (1931-2013), QC Emeritus Professor, University College London

“We want autonomy for ourselves and safety for those we love.”
-a friend tells author  Atul Gawande

“By the standards of today, the main purpose of human life is to eliminate all risk so that human life will last as long as humanly possible, no matter how tedious it gets.”
-Dave Barry

An assisted dying law would not result in more people dying, but in fewer people suffering.
-Campaign for Dignity in Dying

Assisted dying should never be a requirement, but it should always be a legal and moral option. The decision to end one’s life needs to be faced openly, honestly, freely and in consultation with our loved ones, our doctors, and our spiritual advisors. When the decision on assisted dying is made this way, I am convinced that it is a life-affirming moral choice.
-The Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong, Episcopal bishop, speaking at a 2003
Hemlock Society national conference

 

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See also: “Stopping Dialysis, Good Deaths, and Social Justice

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