Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Being "too old" as the basis for seeking Aid-in-Dying?

Last week the Washington Post ran an article about Australian David Goodall. This Australian scientist just turned 104. Now he’s flying to Switzerland to die explains that Goodall thinks he has lived too long. "When asked whether he had a nice birthday, he told the news organization: 'No, I’m not happy. I want to die. ... It’s not sad, particularly. What is sad is if one is prevented. My feeling is that an old person like myself should have full citizenship rights, including the right of assisted suicide,' the 104-year-old man added." In the article he expressed regret that he had to leave his home country to travel to another where aid-in-dying is available. The article reviews the laws in various European countries as well as the states in the U.S. that have legalized medical aid-in-dying.

Goodall has been active for many years as an "honorary research assistant", but his long career has had some blips. The article reports that in 2016 "the school ... deemed him unfit to continue making the trek to campus.... after nearly two decades on the campus, Goodall was told to leave amid concerns about his well-being. The incident gained international media attention, with Goodall, then 102, calling it ageism in the workplace.... University officials later reversed their decision."

His goal is to die on May 10.  According to CNN earlier today, he has checked into a clinic in Switzerland.


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