Euthanasia: The Moral Issues

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Sentenced to Life

Christine Wicker

It's been sixteen years since the explosion.

He has a law degree now and a new wife who loves him, a swimming pool, four acres of land, and a big stucco house that looks like the Alamo.

But Dax Cowart has never changed his mind. They should have let him die.

No matter that he isn't selling pencils on the street like he said he would be. No matter that he no longer feels any pain from the burns themselves. He's rehabilitated, well-adjusted, financially secure, and "acceptably happy." No matter.

"If you had to do something as deeply painful as skinning someone alive or boiling them in oil in order to keep them alive, would you think it was worth it?" he asks.

"To say my life now justifies the treatment forced on me is to say that the end justifies the means." Something he will never say.

Newspapers call Dax Cowart"The Man Who Was Sentenced to Life," " The Man Who Lives to Defend the Right to Die."

Now forty-one, he uses his life to affirm the right of every sane adult to choose death. He should have refused to pay the medical bills and probably should have sued the doctors who used his mother's

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From the Dallas Morning News Sunday ( April 23, 1989): IF & 4F. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.

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