Published On: Wed, Jun 3rd, 2015

Stephen Hawking would ‘consider’ assisted suicide if he were a burden

Prof. Stephen Hawking tells the BBC program he would consider assisted dying only if he were in great pain or had nothing left to contribute to the world.

Physicist Stephen Hawking Lectures At UC Berkeley

Physicist and cosmologist Prof. Stephen Hawking,  who has motor neurone disease, tells a BBC news program he would consider ending his life if he had nothing more to contribute to the universe and was a burden to those around him.

Prof Hawking has argued that keeping someone alive against their own wishes is the “ultimate indignity”, saying he would think about suicide in the event he was suffering great pain.

In an interview with Dara O’Briain, Hawking disclosed he suffered bouts of loneliness, because people can be afraid to talk to him or let him answer.

In 2013, he offered his public support for the discussion of assisted dying, saying: “We don’t let animals suffer, so why humans?”

In the program to be broadcast on June 15, Prof Hawking will offer further revelations on his own life, alongside interviews with his children.

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