British cosmologist Stephen Hawking has come out in support of the right of people who are terminally ill to choose to end their lives as long as there are safeguards in place to prevent abuse.
In an interview with the BBC published Sept. 17 Hawking said: "We don't let animals suffer, so why humans?"
Hawking, 71, who has a progressive motor neuron disease, added: "There must be safeguards that the person concerned genuinely wants to end their life and they are not being pressurised into it or have it done without their knowledge or consent …”
Hawking is no stranger to controversy. Previously Hawking has been attacked by religious believers for stating that there is no God, and heaven is a fairy tale for those afraid of death; that we are the product of quantum fluctuations, and that the origin and subsequent expansion of the Universe is not dependent upon God or some other divine, supernatural force; and that God is not a necessary condition for the creation of the universe.
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