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Professor Stephen Hawking backs
right to die for the terminally ill

Guardian [UK], by Sarah Boseley

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 9/18/2013 5:55:32 PM

Professor Stephen Hawking, who once said he thought assisted dying was "a great mistake", has changed his stance to support the right of terminally ill people who are suffering to end their lives. Hawking, 71, was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig´s disease – a form of motor neurone disease – at the age of 21 and was told he had only two or three years to live. He said in 2006 that, although people should have the right to end their life if they wanted to, "I think it would be a great mistake. However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do, and succeed at. While there's life, there is hope."

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Hawking´s gives an unequivocal "maybe" to ending one´s own life.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: coyote, 9/18/2013 6:01:55 PM     (No. 9526625)

How about the right to kill, will it morph into that?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 9/18/2013 6:11:13 PM     (No. 9526642)

When will "right to die" become "duty to die?"

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Reply 3 - Posted by: LouD, 9/18/2013 6:21:18 PM     (No. 9526654)

When will "right to die" become "duty to die?" #2, when Obamacare is fully implemented. Actually, it won´t become your duty to die but the time that the politicians want to determine..

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Teleologicus, 9/18/2013 6:33:00 PM     (No. 9526678)

"Right to die" is of course Orwellian doublespeak for euthanasia. A person determined to end their own life will always be able to do so without medical or governmental assistance. There are countless ways to do so. Refusal of food and water is one of the most ancient, painless and effective ways. It is disingenuous, dangerous nonsense to pretend that there is some kind of right to have someone or something else, e.g. physicians or the state help one commit suicide. There is indeed something effeminate and cowardly about such a demand. But the greatest dangerous of this "right to die" doublespeak is its attempt to convert the healing into the killing arts as a matter of official policy. Those who are not afraid of where this could lead ought to be. It is a slippery slope which, once undertaken, will inevitably lead to involuntary euthanasia.

I don´t know what is wrong with people who cannot manage to end their own lives without technical, medical, governmental assistance. All they have to do is stop eating. Anybody can do that. It works every time.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Yosemite Sam, 9/18/2013 6:34:33 PM     (No. 9526684)

We are all terminally ill. Hope the alleged smartest man in the world did not make such a statement.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mitzi, 9/18/2013 6:43:06 PM     (No. 9526693)

I think those who have a terminal illness and are in great pain should have the right to choose to end their lives and those that help them should be free from prosecution

If you really want to end your own life - why do you need someone to help you?

Is euthanasia a nicer word than suicide?

Or do you really don´t want to die - but rather have someone kill you?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: HistoryBuff, 9/18/2013 6:54:57 PM     (No. 9526706)

How do we know he realllllly said that?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Words have Meaning, 9/18/2013 7:01:11 PM     (No. 9526712)

I agree with #7. But if he did say that, no one has been a bigger burden on the heath care system than Stephen Hawking.

Hey, can I drive your wheelchair?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: 4Justice, 9/18/2013 7:18:45 PM     (No. 9526731)

#4, that is what my mother did....stopped eating.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Japanorama, 9/19/2013 12:28:52 AM     (No. 9526961)

He also backs every other trendy liberal position.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Trigger2, 9/19/2013 7:12:49 AM     (No. 9527102)

Hawking is terminally ill. He can go first.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: cheeflo, 9/19/2013 4:04:06 PM     (No. 9527918)

He hasn´t really changed his position from 2006 at all. He has come out publicly since then to declare that there is no God. How he knows that, I have no idea.

That might explain a change of heart. Perhaps he has become weary and is despairing. He does have a tough row to hoe.

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