Philip Nitschke makes the point that it is an illusion that patients have choice in Medical Aid in Dying. It is the doctor who decides and no one else. The right the patient has is simply to ask the doctor for permission. Nitschke describes the medical model process as “beg and grovel” laws.
A right it not something that you ask for – a right is something that you have because of who you are.
–Philip Nitschke, Exit International
You impose your template on whether they are sick enough, whether their suffering satisfies your criteria …
— Lisette, a woman who achieved a peaceful death on her own terms at age 80.