Monday, April 7, 2014

The Trouble with Euthanasia

Alex Schadenberg
By Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The recent video promoting the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide, as shown on Vision TV, tells the story of people who want to die by euthanasia.

When considering these stories it appears that opposing “assisted death” is irrational, but this video was designed to promote the legalization of euthanasia and not to provide full information on all sides of the issue.

To legalize euthanasia requires a change in the law to allow one group of people, most likely doctors, the right, in law, to kill another group of people in society.

When the euthanasia law is abused, it means that someone has died, who didn’t request it, who may have been coerced into it, who was depressed or mentally ill, or one of many scenario’s that occur.

To state that euthanasia, in the few jurisdictions where it is legal, has not been abused is a lie and to suggest that euthanasia would not be abused in Canada is to suggest that we live in a utopia, which we do not.

Legalizing euthanasia or assisted suicide is not safe and the negative outcome is lethal.

Some real life stories.
healthy woman, who was becoming blind, died by euthanasia in the Netherlands because she thought that it would be intolerable to live without knowing if her clothes were clean.

depressed woman died by euthanasia in Belgium, even after her psychiatrist thought that treatment was possible.

There are many more stories and studies that prove how legalizing euthanasia will have tragic, lethal outcomes.

A few facts:
In Belgium, one study found that 32% of the assisted deaths were done without request.

Another Belgian study found that only 53% of the assisted deaths were reported and 73% of the reported assisted deaths fulfilled the requirements of the euthanasia law.

A Netherlands study found that 23% of all assisted deaths are not reported. Euthanasia in the Netherlands has been extended to psychiatric conditions. In 2013, euthanasia for psychiatric reasons occurred 45 times.

Recently a former leader of a euthanasia group in the Netherlands stated that the Netherlands euthanasia law has derailed.

A study from Switzerland found that in 16% of the assisted suicide deaths, the person who died had no physical illness.

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition has found that when people learn more about euthanasia and its consequences, they become more opposed to it.

Society needs to improve how we care for people, rather than approving how to kill people.

5 comments:

Bobby Brown said...

EPC is against euthanasia yet in favor of palliative care, one and the same. EPC apparently feels catholic hospitals should be allowed to be in charge of who lives and dies, not good, especially if your protestant, muslim, etc.

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Alex Schadenberg said...

Bobby:

I published this just to show how wrong you are. First, EPC does care if someone is in a Catholic, protestant, muslim or secular hospital or care institution, euthanasia is always wrong. Your statement is ridiculous and foolish.

Secondly, if you read our comments you will notice that we support good palliative care, which is not euthanasia.

We support pain and symptom management, we do not support the abuse of morphine and the intentional dehydration of people who are not otherwise dying.

You would be better to attack the euthanasia lobby and not your friends.

Cliff said...

To Bobby Brown:

Why you lumped protestants into this equation is beyond me? Conservative Protestant Christians side very much with Catholics on the issue of Euthanasia. Perhaps, you have other motives for making this statement?

Cliff

widower said...

All true palliative care experts worldwide will take great exception to your view that palliative care and euthanasia are the same Bobby. In many cases palliative care actually increases lifespan. Do your research and decide. You are also more than confused about the role of religion in all of this. Like ot or not clinical practice has been secular for decades. Again, research and decide.

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