The Right to Die

March 5, 2015     1     Season 4 - Episode 5

Peter ShortMy name is Peter Short and my story is simple. I was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer five years ago and made a full recovery. Or so I thought. On 28 January 2014, my 57th birthday, I was told it had returned – terminally. At the time of writing, I have a prognosis of five months. I am hoping for a bit more than that, but it is clear I will die within months. And I will die at the time I select. I respect those who believe it is better to hold on until the very end, whatever suffering that entails. Both paths are dignified. What is undignified is not having the choice.

MArgaret Tighe

Margaret Tighe is the president of the Right to Life Australia. Margaret is a retired pharmacistShe has worked for Lifeline, counselling suicidal people and has volunteered for The Right to Life Australia, in opposing euthanasia and assisted suicide campaigns. She believes the so-called “right” to die soon becomes the “duty” to die. The Right to Life Australia Inc. defends the right to life of all human beings from conception until natural death. 


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  1. Christopher Blake March 20, 2015 at 10:09 am - Reply

    I believe that we do only have the one life. I believe life is not like a video game where we can just hit the rest button and play again.
    So it is a very serious question that should not be taken lightly. And in saying that, I believe it should be up to the individual only after all avenues have been exhausted, only after all physiologic aspects have been talked about. And if the individual truly understands the facts that they will never see another sun rise or a sun set, never have the opportunity to hold a new born baby, to hear the small waves crashing on the beach shore, to hear birds sing and that they truly understand that they will never experience sexaul feelings as well as all the other beautiful things in life that can be experienced, then yes, I believe it is the individuals choice as it is the individuals life, and not a communities life, it is not the communities choice, but it is also the people that are the closest to this individual that will be affected, so I believe a sit down with these people so a chat, an understanding by all should hopefully be reached.
    And just remember, in the end, if an individual wishes to end their own life, there really isn’t anything anyone can do to stop them. An individual can travel to the middle of the bush and jump off a cliff if need be, so the real question is, how should one die with dignity, alone or with the acceptance of those that love them, well hopefully with the acceptance of those that love them. For some, it still maybe to difficult to accept this individuals death and therapy would be required.

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