News this week of another tragic case of a man being forced to go abroad to end his own life because of the archaic laws of this country and the attitude of the Catholic lobby. How much longer must we be forced to put up with this?
Simon Binner, pictured above with his wife, was a victim of aggressive MND which progressively damages parts of the nervous system. In his own words : ‘My MND accelerated very rapidly. The sawbones initially thought I would last until 2017/2018, but they were mistaken – no worries, it’s an inexact science! I don’t recommend MND! Better to have one massive fatal stroke or be killed instantly by a drunk driver! There is nothing that I can say that’s positive about MND.’
His wife said she believed strongly in ‘the sanctity of life’, but finally accepted his decision after visiting the Eternal Spirit clinic with her husband and speaking to the woman that ran it. ‘She used the term, “Do you want Simon to stay alive so you can have a human pet?” That put me in a very difficult position. Because did I want Simon to stay alive just for me? It makes you really think about someone’s individual right to choose how they live and how they die.’
It’s bad enough that a family has to go through the ordeal of dealing with a terrifying and incurable condition and then facing up to the individual’s decision that he’d go quickly and painlessly than slowly and painfully, but on top of all that people like Simon and his famoly are forced to endure a one way trip to another country to exercise what I consider to be the ultimate human right : the right of self determination.
I think my views on this subject are well known and I hope I never have to face the choice, but if I do then I wholeheartedly condemn those who would take it away from me.
The fight goes on, but in the meantime I can only extend my heartfelt condolences to Simon’s family. They’ve lost a brave and principled man…