Resisted Suicide

Mario Melazzini's Beautiful Life with ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a debilitating and usually fatal neurological disease, is a common justification for seeking euthanasia in Belgium and the Netherlands, where it is legal. In Oregon, where assisted suicide has been legal since 1997, about 8 percent of these deaths are of patients with ALS.

It is a terrible disease. It wastes the muscles of the legs, making victims unable to walk; of the arms, making it impossible for them to help themselves; and then of the diaphragm and chest wall, making it impossible to breathe without a ventilator.

But not everyone with ALS is suicidal.

It would hard to find a better example of this than the new chairman of the board of...

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #37, Summer 2016 Copyright © 2021 Salvo |


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