Craig Ewert committed suicide yesterday. His death was televised.
Mr Ewert, whose death was recorded by a film crew, said: “I am tired of the disease but I am not tired of living. I still enjoy life enough that I would like to continue, but the thing is that I really cannot. If I opt for life then that is choosing to be tortured rather than end this journey and start the next one. I cannot take the risk. Let’s face it, when you’re completely paralysed and cannot talk, how do you let somebody know you are suffering? This could be a complete and utter hell.
“You can watch only so much of yourself drain away before you look at what is left and say, ‘This is an empty shell’. Once I become completely paralysed, then I am nothing more than a living tomb that takes in nutrients through a tube in the stomach. It’s painful.”
We support the broadcast of assisted suicide on television because dying is an ordinary circumstance of life.
If we celebrate the birth of children on television, why are we fearful to allow the natural demise of the end of a life the same access to evaluating eyes?
We also believe state-sponsored executions should be broadcast on live television. If nothing is wrong with the punishment, then why must it be withheld from open analysis in the public square?