Sunday, August 2, 2009

Terry Pratchett and Assisted Suicide

In the we-don't-want-to-think-about-this-but-adults-have-to department, Terry Pratchett has added his voice to the debate in the United Kingdom over assisted suicide.

In a lengthy article in the UK's Daily Mail tabloid, Sir Pratchett ("Sir Terry"? I'm not British, so I'm not up on proper silly titling protocol) praised those who have made the trip to Switzerland to be assisted in their suicides, and he said when his time comes -- he was diagnosed in 2007 with Alzheimer's Disease -- he hopes it will be in the garden with a glass of brandy.

Now, the British press isn't something to crow about on the best of days, but did he really need to choose the Daily Mail to make this statement?

Anyway, it's a brave and sensible statement from a fantastic writer.

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