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普林斯顿——“我将在今天中午前后结束自己的生命。现在是时候了。”

在线发帖说这些话的是居住在加拿大的新西兰人,85岁的吉莉安·贝内特,之后她解释了作此决定的理由。贝内特得知患有痴呆症3年了。今年8月,病情已经发展到,照她自己的话讲,“近乎丧失自我的程度”。

贝内特写道,“在我无法评估自身情况、或采取行动结束生命的那一天到来之前,我想要解脱。”她的决定得到了丈夫乔纳森·贝内特,一位退休哲学教授,和她的子女们的支持。但她拒绝让他们以任何形式为她的自杀提供协助,因为这么做有可能使他们面临14年的刑期。因此她不得不在有能力自我了断的情况下迈出这最后的一步。

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