A British TV channel was scheduled to air a documentaryÂ yesterday chronicling the assisted suicide death of a man suffering from motor neurone disease (MND), which deprived him of the use of his arms and legs and caused him to beÂ constantly connected toÂ a ventilator. Craig Ewert’s suicide was assisted without complications in a Swiss clinic and filmed in 2006.
Mary Ewert said her husband wanted his death to be filmed in order to show that a terminal illness does not have to result in a painful death. Some people claimed the event was being exploited by the British TV channel to boost ratings.
What do you think Skepchick readers:
Would a program of this nature appeal to our curiosity and/or morbidity-lust and only serve to boost ratings? Or is there anything to be learned from witnessing an assisted suicide?