生命的尊严 A Discussion on 1)Euthanasia
“I killed someone once. . . He was in terrible, terrible pain. . .”
Eleanor Hall: Yesterday he made a dramatic televised confession. Today a British journalist at the centre of a debate on euthanasia in the UK was arrested on suspicion of murder.
The World Today reported yesterday on BBC journalist Ray Gosling's admission in a documentary that he killed his former lover who was dying from AIDS by 2)smothering him with a pillow in hospital. The latest developments have 3)galvanised those calling for assisted suicide to be legalised in Britain, as Barney Porter reports.
Barney Porter: Ray Gosling is a veteran BBC broadcaster, and maker of radio and television documentaries. His admission was compelling.
Ray Gosling: I killed someone once. He was a young chap; he'd been my lover and he got AIDS. And in a hospital one hot afternoon, doctor said “There's nothing we can do.” And he was in terrible, terrible pain. I said to the doctors, “Leave me just for a bit.” And he went away. And I picked up the pillow and smothered him until he was dead. The doctor came back; I said, “He's gone.” Nothing more was ever said.
Porter: But much is being said now. Police have admitted they only found out about the case after those comments were broadcast on the BBC's Inside Out programme on Monday evening, local time. Overnight, Nottinghamshire police issued a statement, simply saying they'd arrested a 70-year-old Nottingham man on suspicion of murder. Mr. Gosling has also said he won't name his lover, nor say when the incident he described took place.
His 4)solicitor is Digby Johnson.
Digby Johnson: The 5)investigations are at a very, very early stage. There's no saying how long Ray will be here, but he's in good spirits and I just ask you to respect that these are very, very difficult times for Ray, because by his very nature the sort of thing that we're talking about is as distressing as it could be.
Porter: Despite repeated challenges in the courts, assisted suicide remains illegal in Britain, and carries a maximum prison sentence of 14 years. However, dozens of terminally ill Britons have gone to die in clinics in Switzerland where assisted suicide is legal, and where family or friends who help them die aren't 6)prosecuted. There have been 7)anomalies.
Earlier this year, British woman Kay Gilderdale was cleared of attempted murder for helping her 31-year-old daughter commit suicide after years of suffering from the 8)chronic fatigue syndrome, ME.