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May 30, 2005

UK man fights for feeding tube

From the LA Times:

Leslie Burke does not want to spend the rest of his life imagining a slow death by starvation. He can picture it: lying still, unable to communicate but conscious every second as his doctors let him die.

"That is, in my mind, the most inhumane way possible for someone to die," said Burke, 45, who suffers from a degenerative brain condition that in 15 to 20 years is expected to incapacitate him, taking away his ability to speak.

Burke has launched a legal battle in Britain that has far-reaching medical and ethical implications, raising questions about patient autonomy, doctor responsibility and use of healthcare resources. He is demanding that the state give him nutrition and water by artificial means once he is no longer able to feed himself, even if the quality of his life might seem poor to an outsider.

The lawsuit plays into the worldwide debate, especially since the Terry Schiavo case in the United States, about when life should be sustained and when it can be allowed to end.

It should be noted that the UK has socialized medicine, thus putting the expense of Mr. Burke's care on the government. Socialism, as can be clearly seen, is ultimately cruel and contrary to individual rights, yet Liberals (socialists pretending they aren't socialists) claim they are for individual liberties.

Ever see the scene in the war movie where the prisoners are made to walk in front of the bad guys so that if there are any land mines in the road, the prisoners will get blown up first? This is just like that, only the Europeans Socialists aren't our prisoners, we aren't bad guys and in the movie there weren't a bunch of idiots saying, “They didn't really blow-up, walk on through.”

Posted by Danny Carlton at May 30, 2005 10:40 AM

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