Before his death, Shimon Peres signed a document asking that his life not be artificially prolonged in the event that he is terminally ill. Apparently, the former Israeli President’s request raised awareness for the issue, as the number of Israelis asking to sign the document and die with dignity has since increased dramatically.
Illustration Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News
Since the death of Israel’s ninth President Shimon Peres, a sharp increase has been recorded in the number of Israelis asking to exercise the right to die with dignity through Lilach, an organization through which Israeli citizens can request that their lives not be artificially prolonged.
While still alive, Israelis can sign a document asking to die with dignity in the event that the medical team treating them determines that they are a dying patient. “Dying with dignity” means allowing nature to take its course if the patient is terminally ill or connected to life-sustaining devices.
Raised awareness for the issue. Peres Photo Credit: Reuters / Channel 2 News
Before his death, President Peres asked that his life not be artificially prolonged and that he not be connected to life-sustaining devices or given any life-sustaining medication. Apparently, Peres’s request raised public awareness of the issue and led to a substantial increase in the number of requests received by Lilach.
In the last month, the number of Israelis signing the aforementioned document has doubled. 20% of those who signed the document were aged 70 or less. 68% were women and 32% were men.