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...

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #37, Summer 2016 Copyright © 2020 Salvo |