I've been having connection probs and so couldn't follow much on here until today. Big apologies to anyone, (especially Jeff
) if I upset them
. My views and remarks are purely geared to people able to make rational decisions on ending their own lives when there is no reason to continue with debilitating pain, suffering or prior to losing any meaningful consciousness.
Having said that, this documentary is not
about suicide. It is about someone who, not having any other option in the UK
to end his inoperable, incurable, insidious, life-sapping, motor skill-killing, dignity-robbing, fatal illness, namely motor neurone disease at the age of 71
, because he is ready to die and has no reason to live on or cause further distress to his family, has chosen to go to Dignitas to end his suffering and agreed to the BBC filming his journey.
Maybe it is in 'poor taste' to film it but presumably the person in question felt strongly enough about his choice to agree to participate in the programme. It's not like they're poised on the ground waiting for some poor sod at their wit's end wanting to end it all by jumping from a great height is it? This is a medical procedure
like having chemo-therapy or undergoing last-ditch life-saving surgery which could maybe also be life-ceasing
. Dignitas do not kill people - they end lives that have been lived enough and are over in all but name, legally.