19 Dec '11, 5am

Peter Singer: A Death of One's Own

Peter Singer: A Death of One's Own

The writer, Peter Singer, argues that doctors should be able to help their patients to die, provided that the patients are competent and freely request such assistance. -- Graphic: SPH PRINCETON - Dudley Clendinen, a writer and journalist, has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a terminal degenerative illness. In The New York Times earlier this year, he wrote movingly both of his current enjoyment of his life, and of his plan to end it when, as he put it, 'the music stops - when I can't tie my bow tie, tell a funny story, walk my dog, talk with Whitney, kiss someone special, or tap out lines like this.' A friend told Clendinen that he needed to buy a gun. In the United States, you can buy a gun and put a bullet through your brain without breaking any laws. But if you are a law-abiding person who is already too ill to buy a gun, or to use one, or if shooting yourself does...

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