Guest Editorial: Will legislation make a difference?

Sheryl de Lacey

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    When I entered the nursing profession some two decades ago, I couldn't have imagined that one day we'd be contemplating a law to regulate how, when and in what circumstances we are allowed to die; but death is no longer the natural end of life it was then. Nowadays, it seems that we only die if it is absolutely unavoidable and many succumb still fighting. Science and medical technology have made it possible to prolong life and many believe we should do so no matter what the cost.
    Many others, however, attest to the lack of dignity inherent in this approach and the need for people to be able to die not only when their 'time is up' but how, when and as they wish, particularly if in a state where they are unlikely to lead a meaningful and fulfilling existence.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3-4
    Number of pages2
    JournalContemporary Nurse
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 1993


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