Suicide On TV Condemned in Britain

From Yahoo News!

Britain’s obsession with reality television reached new heights — or depths — Wednesday night with the broadcast of the assisted suicide of the 59-year-old terminally ill American at a Swiss clinic.

Showing the final moment of death had long been a final taboo, even for no-holds-barred British TV, where sex and violence are common, and the broadcast unleashed debate on an issue that strongly divides public opinion.

Photographs of Ewert’s final moments dominated Britain’s newspaper front pages Wednesday — “SUICIDE TV” screamed one tabloid — and prompted a debate in Parliament, where Prime Minister Gordon Brown was quizzed about the propriety of the decision to air the program.

Before he died, Ewert said taking his own life would mean less suffering for himself and his family.

“If I go through with it, I die as I must at some point,” he says in the documentary, which chronicles his 2006 decision to take his own life after being diagnosed with degenerative motor neuron disease.

“If I don’t go through with it, my choice is essentially to suffer, and to inflict suffering on my family, and then die.”

Care Not Killing, an anti-euthanasia group aligned with the Catholic Church and other religious organizations in Britain, denounced the broadcast as “a cynical attempt to boost television ratings” and persuade Parliament to legalize assisted suicide.

I cannot understand this monstrous thinking by the Catholic church and other religious organizations that there is something wrong with a person suffering from a terminal illness who wants to be free of pain by ending their life. If there’s ever a reason to hate organized religion, their horribly mistaken belief that there is dignity in human suffering and that every second of life should be cherished as a disease such as cancer eats away at your flesh as loved ones watch in agonizing helplessness is enough of a reason for me to fight against archaic superstitious thinking.

To force somebody to live in excruciating pain when all hope is lost is a cruelness that can only be found in the same people who gleefully believe that those who differ with them on spiritual matters will burn in a pit of fire for eternity.