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A dying man on how euthanasia diminishes dignity

A friend and mentor to many in Australia, Dr Nicholas Tonti-Filipini, writes with the clarity of a professional ethicist but also the authority of a man who has suffered long and knows his medical condition is incurable and progressive. Nicholas was the first full-time hospital ethicist in Australia, a past member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee, and many other senior roles in the regulation of bioethics state and federal.  LINK to his article in The Age; among the main arguments is this one, which I consider central the case against euthanasia – as a new injustice we do not need to have:

If euthanasia is lawful then the question about whether our lives are overly burdensome will be in our minds, as well as the minds of those health professionals and those family members on whose support and encouragement we depend.

Our doctors would be obliged to suggest death to us because it would be a legal option. The mere existence of the option would affect attitudes to our care, and hence our own willingness to continue.

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