A debate is raging in the United Kingdom about whether English High Court judge Mr Justice Peter Jackson was right to order an anorexic 32-year-old woman in Wales to be force-fed to keep her alive - against her - and her parents' wishes, the Daily Mail reports.
The woman's parents supported their daughter's cause - "it upsets us greatly to advocate for our daughter's right to die," they said in a statement, "we love her dearly but [...] we strongly feel [she should have] the right to choose her own path, free from restraint and fear of enforced re-feed."
Others believe the judge's decision is the equivalent of giving a cancer patient chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy, arguing that, with treatment, she could get better. The Mail's
Liz Jones agrees: "while [the woman's parents] might be well-intentioned, they are terribly misguided. Their daughter is not [...] in her 90s, in pain, trapped in her bed and begging for release. She is not a quadriplegic [...] she could get better, but not if she is allowed to starve herself to death while in the grip of a mental illness."
Recovering anorexic Rachael Johnston, 20, disagrees with Jones. "She should have the right to die." Rachael was force-fed with a nasal tube at the age of 15. "I was told if I pulled it out I would be sectioned and that would mean my life would be over and I would never get a job or have a proper life." Unlike the legal ruling woman's parents, however, Rachael's mom was adamant her daughter be force-fed. "I am glad to be alive," Rachael admits. "I turn 21 in August. I'm already planning my party!" Where there's breath, there's hope, the Daily Mail
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