World-famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, is now advocating in favor of physician-assisted death, in the video shown here. I am both very glad that he is still alive, so many years after developing his illness, and that he is advocating for those people who circumstances and suffering leads them to request assistance in ending their lives. These are never easy issues, as the back and forth over my recent blog posts on this topic have shown. But not everybody with ALS can draw upon the intellectual, emotional and financial resources that have helped Stephen Hawking live so long with this condition.
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