Will Kevin Rudd allow death with dignity?

Angelique Flowers

Angelique Flowers

From The Age;

She suffered the bowel obstruction she had feared and died on August 19.

Her older brother Damian, 34, was with her, and believes she was still in pain despite massive doses of morphine and other painkillers. In her last hour, he held a bowl under his sister’s chin as she vomited faecal matter.

“The peaceful ending wasn’t there,” he told The Age. “From the death she could have had, taking the Nembutal, saying her goodbyes to friends and family, having everyone there for her and being where she wanted to be, compared to what she did actually go through, it just doesn’t bear imagining.

She hoped that Kevin Rudd would allow the legalisation of euthanasia in the ACT and Northern Territory. What about it Kevin? Why the delay?

10 thoughts on “Will Kevin Rudd allow death with dignity?

  1. “In her last hour, he held a bowl under his sister’s chin as she vomited faecal matter.”

    If right to lifers are mostly religious (Christians), then in awful cases like this, shouldn’t they consider mercy as a virtuous principle?

    Maybe they shouldn’t. Maybe their system of ethics and religion is robust and righteouss. But the legislation and courts certainly should consider such a virtue.

  2. Kevin Rudd won’t have anything to do with legalizing euthanasia.

    If there is any political change, it will be the result of hard working activists.
    It needs to be a big issue and popular, for a legislative change.
    But anyone can do their bit, writing letters, organising rallies, speeches, forming clubs, spreading the word.
    And I hope some good comes of this poor girl’s horrible story.

  3. where do you draw the line (using legal jargon) between suicide and euthanasia?

    you’re not free, if you’re not free to make the “wrong” choice

  4. As an esoteric Christian, with unusual opinions, I will state, as a general standard, that you probably should not take your own life, except in unusual circumstances. Every day, there seems to be some new advance in medicine that cures diseases and illnesses once thought incurable, for instance.
    However, this girl seems to be in the class of exceptions, since a cure didn’t happen, nor was likely.
    And didn’t Jesus say that He could call on angels to help him escape if He so wanted? Was that a form of suicide? And I don’t think there’s an actual commandment against suicide, as such. ‘Thou shalt not kill’ has been understood as ending in ‘other people.’.
    So everything depends on circumstances, though I don’t think I would ever recommend it.

  5. what a terribly sad story, Terje. what right does the government think it has to prolong her suffering?

    nicholas – i also think you should ‘probably not’ take your own life, but i would not want to stop someone who was desperate to end theirs.

  6. There are two tragedies here.

    One is that she didn’t anticipate the need to end her own life while she was capable of doing something about it. It’s not that hard to get Nembutal. I recommend anyone who would prefer to end their own life rather than die slowly and miserably should assemble the means of suicide while they can.

    The other is that, having got past that stage, nobody else is allowed to help her. Some checks and balances are required, but helping someone to do what they would do themselves if they could ought not be a crime.

  7. Why the delay?

    It takes moral courage. Kevvie doesn’t have much, he’s a politician after all.. There is a serious issue about the sanctity of life. What slippery road do you go down when you legalize euthanasia? There are serious issues to be considered.

    However it’s simply cruel to expect people to persist for a few months in furtherance of nothing except pain. Poor lassie, it really isn’t fair so young. RIP.

  8. Of course, as an esoteric christian, I can think of one reason to not suicide- you might have incarnated with the specific intention of developing will-power, and resisting diseases could be one way to do this. It is also possible that whatever you have might be curable- YOU could be the miracle cure, the remission, that nobody can explain! The one the papers do write-ups about.
    Precisely because it might be karma, I will not ever recommend suicide to anyone.

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