We’re told we are a burden. No wonder disabled people fear assisted suicide

first_imgThe Guardian 1 June 2018Family First Comment: “Opposition to assisted suicide – also called assisted dying – is characterised as being the preserve of the religious, stuffy and outdated, like religious opposition to gay marriage and abortion. In reality, some of the loudest voices opposing it are those of people with disabilities – because we have the most to fear.”www.Protect.org.nzI can see no safeguards to prevent people being pressured into ending their lives. What we need is more support to live.Opposition to assisted suicide – also called assisted dying – is characterised as being the preserve of the religious, stuffy and outdated, like religious opposition to gay marriage and abortion. In reality, some of the loudest voices opposing it are those of people with disabilities – because we have the most to fear. A poll done by Scope (a disability charity) showed that the majority of disabled people (64%) were concerned about moves to legalise assisted suicide.Arguments around the legality of suicide and the right to refuse treatment are often conflated with assisted suicide. Suicide is legal, and there is already a right to refuse treatment. People with mental capacity can also create an advance directive to ensure their wish to refuse treatment is respected in future. This leaves people often able to die on their own terms. What assisted dying advocates are requesting is to create a system in which it is legally and morally permissible for people to engage in a deliberate action designed to end someone else’s life.There are two main models for assisted suicide legislation: the American (Oregon), and the European (Belgium and the Netherlands). The laws in Oregon restrict assisted suicide to those who are terminally ill, with less than six months to live. The number of people dying this way has increased from 15 in 1998 to 143 in 2017. There is no obligation to establish whether the petitioner has a treatable mental health problem underlying their desire to die. Nor is there one to ensure that they are not under pressure from another person. It is difficult to even establish life expectancy. Jane Campbell – the former commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission – has spoken about fluctuations in her life expectancy and when it affects eligibility for assisted suicide, the stakes would be high.Some 5% of people in Oregon dying by assisted suicide cited financial pressures as a cause. Meanwhile, the number citing being a “burden on family/friends/caregivers” increased from 13% in 1998 to 55% in 2017. This tallies with Scope’s research that the majority of people with disabilities are concerned that legalising assisted suicide might lead to disabled people choosing it in order not to be a burden on others.Advocates for assisted suicide argue for the existence of an advance directive so people, with dementia for example, could decide to have their life ended were they to lose mental capacity. In the Netherlands, a doctor was cleared after having the family of a woman with dementia hold her down so he could give her the lethal injection. Her refusal of euthanasia in the present day was weighed against her historical desires, and she died.Society’s priority should be to assist us to live, not to die. Provide a free social care system funded by progressive taxation that allows us to be productive, active community members. Increase NHS funding. Cut waiting lists – there are currently 4 million people awaiting treatment. Fund wheelchairs and assistive technology. Root out the disableism that leads two-thirds of people with disabilities to think that we’re seen as a burden on society. Only then can you come back to me and tell me that assisted suicide is no risk to disabled people.I can envisage no safeguards that would prevent people being pressured into ending their lives, by interpersonal, financial or social means. All I see is a system which divides lives, offering suicide prevention to some, and euthanasia to others. When I am low and feel I cannot go on with life as a disabled adult, those around me support me, affirm that my life has meaning, and help me continue to survive. Yes, my suffering is sometimes unbearable, but the faith my loved ones have in me makes me able to bear it. Don’t take that away, by legitimising assisted suicide as the right, and gracious choice.READ MORE: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jun/01/disabled-people-assisted-dying-safeguards-pressureKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Three Injured After Thursday Morning Crash

first_imgThree people were hospitalized on Thursday after an early morning crash in Milan.The Ripley County Sheriff’s Office said 19-year-old Dylan Swain, of Aurora, was driving south on County Road 800 near SR 350 when his vehicle entered into the path of oncoming traffic.A second vehicle driven by James Ashcraft, 50, of Milan was traveling westbound on State Road 350. His SUV was struck on the driver’s side door by the vehicle Swain was driving.Ashcraft was transported by ambulance to Dearborn County Hospital. He was later transferred to University of Cincinnati Hospital for his injuries.No word on his current condition.Swain was trapped in his vehicle and had to be extracted. He was sent to Margaret Mary Health, then later to University of Cincinnati Hospital for potential life threatening injuries.Kori Ranshaw, 19, Milan, was a passenger in the vehicle Swain was driving. Ranshaw, who is six months pregnant, had minor injuries and was transported to Margaret Mary Health.“All occupants were wearing seatbels at the time of the crash,” noted Ripley County Sheriff Tom Grills.The crash remains under investigation.last_img read more

NBA: Lakers beat Warriors 126-93 to secure a dominating pre-season win

first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT FOLLOW US First Published: 17th October, 2019 14:09 IST 10 months ago Donald Trump criticizes top NBA coaches amid China controversy 10 months ago NBA: Lakers romp to victory over Warriors in pre-season clash WATCH US LIVE Jatin Malu 10 months ago Dream11: HOU vs SAS team news, line-ups and game predictions WE RECOMMENDcenter_img Be back soon, @STAPLESCenter ✌️ @KingJames: 18 pts, 11 astAvery Bradley: 18 [email protected]: 16 [email protected]: 8 pts, 10 reb, 8 ast pic.twitter.com/D89xGygkIO— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) October 17, 2019 11 months ago NBA India Games: 5 things you need to know about the basketball league ALSO, READ | Donald Trump Criticizes Top NBA Coaches Amid China ControversyLeBron James’ court vision remains unmatchedThe 34-year-old James is in his 17th season in the league, but his court vision is still unmatched. He proved it yet again on Wednesday night. Late in the third quarter, James caught the ball near mid-court and pushed the fast break, driving right at the rim. As Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson attempted to stop him, James whipped the ball to Danny Green in the corner in a way that only he could — with his offhand behind his head as he fell to the floor under the hoop.With time to spare, Green easily drilled the three-point bucket. James finished the night with 18 points and 11 assists, shooting 6-of-9 from the field in 25 minutes and thus helping the LA Lakers to secure a dominating win.ALSO, READ | ‘Not-so-happy’ Lovlina Now Aims For An Olympic Medal After WC Bronze Los Angeles Lakers thumped Golden State Warriors 126-93 to register consecutive victories in a pre-season game at the Staples Center on Wednesday.ALSO, READ | NBA: Lakers Romp To Victory Over Warriors In Pre-season ClashAnthony Davis returned to the court for the LA Lakers on Wednesday after being on the sideline due to a minor thumb injury but it did not seem like he was off-colour. Davis was on a roll at the Staples Center, nearly dropping a triple-double in their dominant display against the Warriors. Davis finished with eight points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in 28 minutes in his home debut for the Lakers, and seemed to have no issue facilitating their offence.ALSO, READ | Media Events Cancelled In China For NBA Preseason GameDavis was out as he had sprained his right thumb in their pre-season game against the Brooklyn Nets in China on Saturday, and was not fit to play against the Warriors on Monday, too. He was cleared on Wednesday morning, however, after both an MRI came back clean and he felt comfortable at the team shootaround.He proved that almost instantly, too, expertly throwing up a perfect lob to JaVale McGee just minutes into the game. Davis had a fantastic assist to Alex Caruso under the hoop after putting the moves on Kavion Pippen to close out the first half, too. While he didn’t score as much as he did earlier in the pre-season — Davis averaged 19 points in nearly 22 minutes in their first two outings before his injury — his chemistry with the Lakers’ offence is still incredibly strong. After overcoming the thumb injury, David has made it clear that he is capable of being the piece the Lakers needed to make waves in the league this season — even if it is still just the pre-season. LIVE TV Written By Last Updated: 17th October, 2019 14:09 IST NBA: Lakers Beat Warriors 126-93 To Secure A Dominating Pre-season Win NBA: Los Angeles Lakers thumped Golden State Warriors 126-93 to register consecutive victories in a pre-season game at the Staples Center on Wednesday night. 10 months ago LeBron James says Morey was ‘poorly informed’ on NBA-China disputelast_img read more