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Tony Gets His (Death) Wish

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BBC announced today that Tony Nicklinson has died .. only days after losing his High Court bid to get someone else to kill him (aka 'assisted suicide').

This is what happened to Diane Pretty too, just days after her last failed court case.

Strange and ironic.

The upside for equality campaigners and those of us who want to live as long as possible is that now there can be no appeal to overturn the High Court judgement refusing Tony's bid to be killed.

It seems so sad that disabled people with children and lovers spend their last days trying to die prematurely instead of going to Disneyland and making the most of every minute with their families like the rest of us do.

It is deeply unloving to ask our family members to kill us. Especially when, like Tony and Diane, we CAN do it ourselves if we stop refusing rehab.

It is frightening that so many people seem to think killing 'severely disabled' people is a kindness. Us crips are the only people it's kind to kill. Any other suicidal people (should) get ASSISTANCE TO LIVE.

Yes the support offered by mental health teams is not enough and often not right - sometimes torturous - but we're certainly better off keeping on trying to improve the support on offer than asking them to hand out NHS lethal injections packs to the families of everyone who happens to have a suicidal episode.

To hand them out to just one type of disabled people is lethal discrimination.

   



Further thoughts on Tony's situation and some links to previous articles I've written on this subject here


UPDATE!

After being told off for my last blog unsympathetically suggesting Tony was lying and could actually kill himself, it turns out:

News later in the day is updated and reveals Tony starved himself, got pneumonia and then refused treatment!
(same link)

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(Anonymous)
Aug. 22nd, 2012 12:48 pm (UTC)
I always
mistrust the motives of able folk who advocate for this 'on behalf' of a person with a disability. It's either their own incorrect fear of "I could never live like that" or something more sinister...they don't actually see us as 'persons' like that idiot philosopher Peter Singer, or they do, but eventually they just don't want to be bothered.
missdennisqueen
Aug. 22nd, 2012 02:45 pm (UTC)
Re: I always
I agree with you about advocates and thanks for sharing your thoughts xx
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