Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Love and Death

Just now seeing Steve Weinstein's gripping account of how he helped his dying lover -- whose doctor hadn't seen anyone slip so rapidly from AIDS since the '80s -- commit suicide in 2001. While Weinstein's words make it abundantly clear to me that the right-to-die movement is an honorable one, somehow the debate still rages on, usually fueled by people looking to score political points who have no concept of what indignities people with terminal illnesses face on a minute-by-minute basis. I find Weinstein's actions and willingness to share them with the public admirable. But how long before he's arrested, like BBC announcer Ray Gosling was for "murder" for the mercy killing of his AIDS-stricken partner -- or is Weinstein confident that Manhattan DA Cy Vance Jr. isn't some scumbag who is more opportunistic than the diseases that killed his beloved partner?

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