We have had discussion on euthanasia previously as well on our website;where
most opinions from people coming from various faith backgrounds were that life
is a test(may God protect us from difficult tests) Disease is a part of that and
suicide because of thedisease would be classed as a disagreement with the Divine
Footage showing a man ending his own life in an assisted suicide will be
broadcast on British television on Wednesday evening.
Craig Ewert, 59, suffered from motor neurone disease and chose to die rather
than endure the "torture" he feared his degenerative condition meant.
The former university professor, who lived in Harrogate, North Yorkshire,
travelled to Switzerland to commit suicide, assisted by the controversial
At a Zurich clinic, with his wife Mary by his side, the American father-of-two
drank a mixture of sedatives and turned off his own ventilator using his teeth.
He had allowed his death in September 2006 to be filmed for a documentary by
Oscar-winning director John Zaritsky, which will be screened by Sky this
Right To Die? shows Mr Ewert bleakly outlining his options as "death, or
suffering and death".
But publicity material for the documentary asks: "Should Craig Ewert be able to
kill himself, even though it could be years before his disease would kill him?"
Liberal Swiss laws have allowed Zurich-based Dignitas, founded in 1998, to
legally offer assisted suicides and so far more than 600 people have died at its
Before his death, Mr Ewert said: "I'd like to continue. The thing is that I
really can't. I can't take that risk, that's choosing to be tortured rather than
end this journey and start the next one."
Right To Die? will be broadcast on Sky Real Lives at 9pm. (UK time-10/12/08))