Stephen Hawking: Pro Assisted Suicide

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking is out and about (on his motorized wheelchair) hawking assisted suicide for people with terminal illnesses. So… himself?

Professor Hawking, 71, who suffers from motor neurone disease and was given just three years to live when he was diagnosed with the condition at age 21, has lent his support to the legalization of assisted suicide.

According to the British cosmologist, “We don’t let animals suffer, so why humans?”

Hawking believes that those who help family members die should be free from prosecution if they were suffering from a terminal illness and in pain. Is this Hawking’s subtle request for his family to kill him? Possibly.

But that doesn’t mean we should be killing people left right and centre:

“There must be safeguards that the person concerned genuinely wants to end their life and they are not being pressurised into it or have it done without their knowledge or consent as would have been the case with me,” he said, referring to an incident in 1985 when he was placed on a life support machine which his wife was given the option of switching off.

Spoiler alert: she didn’t.

Probably a good choice considering after he recovered from the pneumonia bout he went on to complete his popular science book, A Brief History of Time, which sold more than 10 million copies worldwide. And, more importantly, if his wife had pulled the plug back in the eighties, he wouldn’t have been able to creep out all the patrons at those California sex clubs.

Via: BBC News

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