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I’d consider assisted suicide if I become a burden to my loved ones, says Professor Stephen Hawking

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  • The award-winning physicist revealed he would consider assisted suicide
  • The 73-year-old’s form of motor neurone disease has slowly paralysed him
  • He told Dara O’Briain it would be done if he was a burden to his loved ones
  • But he added there needed to be safeguards established to prevent abuse

Professor Stephen Hawking says he would consider assisted suicide if he felt he had become a burden to his loved ones.

The award-winning theoretical physicist, who is paralysed as a result of motor neurone disease, is an ardent supporter of a person’s right to die. Professor Hawking, 73, admitted he would consider taking the step himself if he was in great pain. He said refusing terminally ill people the right to die was ‘the ultimate indignity’.

In an interview with comedian Dara O’Briain, he said: ‘I would consider assisted suicide only if I were in great pain or felt I had nothing to contribute, but was just a burden to those around me.’  However, the Cambridge scientist insisted he had no plans to slow down yet, adding: ‘I am damned if I’m going to die before I have unravelled more of the universe.’ Prof Hawking suffers from a rare, slow-progressing form of motor neurone disease that has gradually paralysed him over the decades.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3108578/I-d-consider-assisted-suicide-burden-loved-ones-says-Hawking.html

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Father-of-three decided to die at a assisted suicide clinic

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Jeffrey Spector 54-year-old father-of-three with cancer killed himself at a Swiss assisted suicide clinic against the wishes of his wife and children because he believed his death would be in their ‘best interests’.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3096612/The-supper-54-year-old-British-father-dines-loved-ones-Just-16-hours-later-took-life-Swiss-clinic-reluctant-blessing-wife-three-daughters.html

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Right-to-die campaigner’s daughter: ‘Law does not need to be changed’

The daughter of an 86-year-old woman who starved herself to death said she did not believe the law should be changed to support assisted suicide. Bronwen Davies admitted that she was “very shocked and very upset” about Jean Davies’s decision to end her life. But despite the agony of watching her deteriorate over the course of five weeks, she said her mother had proved that those who wanted to die did have the power to take their own lives.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/assisted-dying/11173870/Right-to-die-campaigners-daughter-Law-does-not-need-to-be-changed.html

 

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