Tonyblack wrote:It's certainly a controversial subject and it's going to take a brave MP who puts it forward. But as terry said, the time is right to talk about it. It's no good ignoring it as that solves nothing.
Tonyblack wrote:Hi peterbarnes and welcome!
Or how about a legal document that says 'withhold medical treatment if I am unable to communicate'?
If me heart stops beating, for example, you should be able to have a legal document that you carry around that says 'do not resuscitate me'.
These are called Living Wills and while they fall a little short of what Terry is talking about, they are certainly close.
peterbarnes wrote:For me, the key point in the lecture was that the current Terry Pratchett wanted to take 'power of attorney' over the Terry Pratchett of the future, when he might no longer have the faculties to control his destiny.
I think that I should be able to draw up a legal document with a solicitor, while I am still of sound mind, which stipulates that I should be assisted to die when certain conditions are met. For me this would be when I don't know where I am and I don't recognise my family, but others might have different criteria.
If a doctor certifies that I meet those conditions, my solicitor should be able to apply for a court order authorising a willing doctor to administer a lethal drug.
The safeguards here seem complete, a solicitor to represent my interests in the drawing up of the document, a doctor to certify that the conditions exist to trigger my request to die, and a court (or a Coroner's tribunal) to ensure due process.
Welcome to the site Marianne! It really was a very moving lecture.Marianne wrote:I found it extremely moving- it said (rather: Terry said...) everything I feel about the subject, but so much better. I feel very very lucky to live in Switzerland, a country where I would be allowed to die in dignity in my own home - or garden - with the help and support of my loved ones- without fearing that they would risk prosecution. I so hope Terry will be able to chose his own time and way, and my heart goes to him and his family.
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