The court rulling is at least, precise.
Phillip Patson's views....
And doctors decide " there will be no life support, as it would only prolong his suffering."
while the parents of this brain injured little boy ...
... have learned to take medical judgments about William with a grain of salt. Doctors said he would probably need to eat through a tube in his stomach, but that is not the case. He sometimes appears to react to sounds or follow faces with his eyes, despite tests confirming him as completely deaf and blind.
Day by day, they work to improve his strength and expand his little world as much as they can.
"He has this strong presence and we still enjoy spending our time with our boy."
It is a battle out there...
End of Life Choice Bill....
Has its own webpage....http://www.lifechoice.org.nz/
The motivation for this Bill is compassion.
With submissions due in on this issue on the 1st February 2016...
and Andrew Geddis encouraging folk to participate....http://pundit.co.nz/content/aid-in-dying-time-to-do-something
is it time to have another exchange of ideas on this issue?
Or has it all been said?
The battle lines have formed, and really...what is the fucking point because this government will be only too happy to pass a law that enables those wearied by the daily battle for survival in a disability hostile system to opt out.
Part of me says.... make a submission
But another part of me, the realistic, battle fatigued part of me believes it is not worth the energy input.
This government hates non ACC disabled.
Hates those who are battling cancer, mental illness and other significant medical issues.
If I had the time I would link to the dozens of MSM articles, the dozens of givealittle pages...all describing how the current government has created an environment where the disabled, sick and dying are being forced into circumstances that make them just want to get the whole thing over with.
Better off dead.
And here is a Natrad interview with Lecretia Seales' lawyer
Very interesting, and Kim Hill does try to raise the issue of how this legislation could affect the public perception of those with disabilities.
AND....as if we didn't already know....NZBORA isn't worth shit.
Make a submission, because you can see it a lot more clearly than most. It's a headache for me because I can see the situation you describe happening to me... but I can also see a future in which I no longer have the strength to arrange my own death in any way that is acceptable to me (eg directing my power chair off the end of a wharf is not acceptable to me). But damn it, we SHOULD have a society in which it is possible to choose between dying in a dignified manner and continuing to live with all the support necessary to make that LIFE dignified. When a politician puts up a 'Life with Dignity' bill, perhaps with the death part as coda, s/he'll have my respect.
Morgan Foundation GM Geoff Simmons shows what can happen to otherwise smart people's arguments on topics like this:
The opponents of assisted dying have offered several arguments to back up their case, but none of them are logical and evidence-based.
All that remains is their belief in the sanctity of life, or an arrogant belief that experiencing a natural death is good for the patient and their family. These are spiritual beliefs held by a few people, and are not good reasons to rob people like Lecretia Seales of the right to choose how they die.
When research about the impact on disabled people is funded (because we're worth it), he might have some 'evidence' to compare.
“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said.
“The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities.