Euthanasia: we can live without it
You couldn't make this stuff up, seriously.
Anne McTavish, blogger at The Province in Canada blogs on Assisted Suicide and the Carter Case:
I'm for keeping that door firmly shut. That door is now wide open in Belgium and the Netherlands. The Canadian Parliament is trying to place some appropriate limits on the door thrown open by their Supreme Court. The US west coast approach of opening just a window has been more prudent, but even there it could still blow a gale.
“This bill is dangerous. Doctors make mistakes every day.”
For a junior health minister to fly the flag for such a change is strange enough (though we have seen that in other jurisdictions in recent times), but one wonders at the timing of such an announcement that elicited support from a Lib Dem MP as well.
A court case in New Zealand has sparked debate about Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide.
Recent news items featuring Dr. Philip Nitschke deserve some scrutiny (in addition to the scrutiny of medical authorities — see below).
The only consistent approach to suicide prevention is to oppose it and to prevent it in all its forms and for every reason.
There will be an inexorable creep towards the Nitschke/Exit philosophical position that is based squarely upon personal autonomy and nothing else.
The Australian ABC TV network is running a story about two men who separately suicided using Exit International's methods. Both were in contact with Exit. Neither were terminally ill. Neither had reached Exit's arbitrary age of 50 years.
The law remains an important deterrent in assisting in suicide as do the social mores around the subject, generally.
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