We need to acknowledge the inevitability of death to have some choice in the manner of our dying
The tragic story of Maria Korp, the Victorian woman with severe irreversible hypoxic brain damage after an alleged murder attempt, has been prominent in the Australian media over the past few weeks. The clear, considered, and humane intervention by the state’s Public Advocate to authorise the cessation of artificial feeding has drawn both widespread praise, and some condemnation, especially from right-to-life activists.1 Once again, care and decision-making at the end of life is in the public arena.
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