Right then, here in NZ a general election is coming and part of this process in 2020 involves two binding referendum questions around two highly managed forms of regulation of acts that are currently illegal. 1 – euthanasia and 2 – use of cannabis.
I have been watching debates and reading about 1 – mainly because although I haven’t had a spliff in 30-odd years I feel that I’m going to vote yes on the cannabis one.
Euthanasia though – it’s a real humdinger of a moral maze. While I am broadly in agreement with people being able to end their own suffering it seems that palliative care professionals are not unanimous on this, by any stretch.
It’s a highly emotional issue as you’d expect and normal political party lines are blurred on this.
To condense the concern from the palliative care people, it seems to boil down to their strong feeling that vulnerable people will be coerced into ending their lives voluntarily because they already feel like they are a burden and, over time, it will be something that medical professionals and time-poor families will agree that ending the life of a vulnerable elderly family member will be there as a credible medical option to consider.
Nevertheless I do think someone should be able to make this choice. If I was in that position, I would probably want to.
Another horn of this dilemma is the people that support it. The yes camp seem to be populated by people I would normally run a mile from. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if they were coming at it from a business angle and I don’t trust them.
What would your thoughts be, if you were asked to vote on it.