Monday, May 16, 2005

British Man Fights for Right to Live

Here in the States, the fight tends to go the other way, people want the right to die. In Britain, however, people have to fight for the right to live. Mr. Leslie Burke won the right to live last year when a court agreed that he should be given food and water when his degenerative disease has progressed to the point where he can no longer speak. Apparently, the General Medical Council (GMC) advises doctors to withdraw food and drink from a patient with Mr. Burke's condition when they can no longer speak, allowing them to die even though they are fully aware of what is happening to them and around them. Mr. Burke didn't like that idea. The GMC is appealing the ruling.