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“A Traveler’s Final Story”
(Herald Tribune — March 23, 2014)
Sixteen days without a morsel of food. Sixteen days without a gulp of water….”[I]f someone asked me do do this again, I’d tell them I want no part of it,” says Helen. “I’d strongly suggest they look into all the reasons they want to leave — and then that they get some goddamn pills.”….”I don’t think Dorothy ever considered the burden you are putting on people by asking them to help.”….
“Old or Sick People Starve Yourselves!”
(National Review — July 24, 2013)
In the Journal of Medical Ethics, Julian Savulescu argues that doctors should help suicidal patients starve themselves to death. He means voluntary self starvation — also pushed in the euthanasia movement as VSED (voluntarily stopping eating and drinking).
“Guest Column: Ensuring death with dignity”
(Rock River Times — February 2, 2012)
Done right, VSED can bring a safe and peaceful end; however, the process is relatively lengthy, between one and two weeks, on average. To manage any pain, patients require sustained palliative care, which is often difficult and expensive to arrange. Twenty five percent of individuals who choose this route have difficult and painful deaths. It is often devastating for their loved ones to watch individuals deny themselves food and drink for two weeks, even when those individuals have made a conscious choice to do so.