Right to die contradicts value of life (NZ Herald Editorial)

first_imgNZ Herald 6 June 2015 Few would have envied the decision Justice David Collins has had to make on whether New Zealand’s Bill of Rights Act can sanction euthanasia. The subject is not one that anybody finds pleasant, including those, perhaps an increasing number, who say they believe it is at least preferable to a lingering, painful and possibly undignified death.That was the view of Lecretia Seales, who applied to the High Court for the right to die with a doctor’s assistance if her terminal brain tumour became much worse.Ms Seales, who died of her illness hours after receiving the decision on Thursday evening, had made it clear to the court last week that she was not then wishing to die.She was seeking the right to do so at some future point if her life became unbearable. It is important that be noted because it illustrates one of the problems for voluntary euthanasia. If it is to be allowed, the decision must be made when the person is still capable of making it, to avoid any question they may be vulnerable to external pressure.Yet the prospect of the decision to die being made by people who are not yet suffering unbearably, and may never be, makes it ethically more difficult for doctors to do what they ask, and more difficult for society to sanction such a decision in law.The sanctity of life lies at the heart of public policy in a civilised society that considers it has no right to take a life even as retribution for taking a life.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11460561last_img read more

Indiana State Fair officials promote ‘Social Media Fridays’

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Officials with the 2018 Indiana State Fair encourage fairgoers to show off their State Fair/Indiana pride every Friday during the fair (August 3, 10, 17). #FairFashionFridays, a social media campaign, encourages to photograph and share images of their fair fashions – denim and Indiana-branded T-shirts or tank tops – while enjoying the Fair.Individuals who photograph themselves rocking their fair wear are asked to post images to social media and tag @IndyStateFair, along with the hashtag #FairFashionFridays. Throughout the Fairgrounds, designated signs will direct fairgoers to “selfie” locations where they can capture and share their “fair fashion” photos.  Each Monday during the fair, a winner from the previous Friday will be announced on the State Fair’s social media platforms and will be awarded a prize package (including restaurant gift cards, Pacers/Fever tickets) valued at $100.Fairgoers are encouraged to purchase T-shirts or tank tops from the Indiana State Fair gift shop or local Indiana T-shirt companies such as The Shop (920 Broad Ripple Ave, Indianapolis, IN, 46220) and United State of Indiana or by visiting their booth in Exposition Hall during the fair.The 2018 theme “STEP RIGHT UP! to The Greatest 17 Days of Summer,” revolves around Indiana’s rich circus heritage. Online ticket sales are available now, presented by WGU Indiana, at a discounted rate of $8 plus convenience fee on the Indiana State Fair website. Tickets can also be purchased at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum Box Office during regular business hours at the discounted rate. Tickets purchased at the gate are $13. Visit IndianaStateFair.comfor additional promotions throughout the summer.last_img read more