Essay: Euthanasia and assisted suicide – the argument from autonomy

“I believe passionately that any individual should have the right to choose, as far as it is possible, the time and the conditions of their death. I think it’s time we learned to be as good at dying as we are at living.” – Those are the words of Terry Pratchett. On the surface it seems so very simple. Human beings have the right to choose – end of story. If we can control every other aspect of our lives – where we live, how we spend our money, who we decide to marry – then surely we have the right to end our own lives whenever and however we choose. . .

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