Neither Starvation nor Suffering

I was unaware of this article in this morning’s New York Times as I wrote the post below. It should be reassuring to those making compassionate decisions to not intervene as loved ones face the end of life.

As
the article notes, the use of language frames the debate. It should also be
cautionary for all involved about how words can be emotive and manipulative, as
well as highly inaccurate and misleading. Compassionate people can disagree.
But those who knowingly use words to frame the debate for political advantage
are engaging in an especially cynical abuse of language and of our
goodwill.

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