Monday, March 24, 2008

Euthanasia Debate Comes to French Forefront

A French woman who was suffering from an incurable cancer which developed a painful and disfiguring tumor in her face is dead. But she did not die of natural causes.

When a court refused her plea for euthanasia, she appealed to a television audience. After medical testing, authorities released a statement saying that the woman did not from natural causes, however they did not say what had killed her. In fact, the examining doctor stated that there was no immediate cause of death.

The tumor in her nose had robbed her of her sense of smell, her sight, and taste, and left her in continual agony. It had disfigured her head and face to the point that children screamed and ran for her. She pleaded to be allowed to die, to be allowed to end her pain, suffering, and humiliation, and was refused.

Death is simply another stage of life, as we are constantly reminded, so why is it that when the only possible option for helping someone is to give them that release, we have such a problem with that? Obviously, there are people with debilitating psychological problems who wish to die and we should do what we can to disabuse them of that notion and stop them from doing such, but cases such as this one are a completely different matter.

We go out of our way to overmedicate people who feel "down" or "just not right" with medicines they have to take on a regular basis and must be weened off of, yet we subject those in chronic pain to batteries of tests and constant medical evaluations to ensure they do not become "addicted."

The fact here, as in most medical cases, is: you don't make money healing people; you make money "treating" them.

© C Harris Lynn, 2008

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