Saturday, September 27, 2014

I won't assist in euthanasia again.

By Alex Schadenberg
International Chair - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Sean Davidon, who was previously convicted in New Zealand for assisting his mother’s death, last week he admitted to assisting a South African quadriplegic man to commit suicide, is now saying that he will never assist in euthanasia again.

Davidson, who should be investigated for his part in the death of Anrich Burger, a man who became a quadriplegic in 2005 after a car accident.

Davidson told the South African media today that:

“Anrich Burger was a very close friend. I wouldn't want to ever go through that again. It was very stressful”
Davidson's comments may be related to the fact that he is promoting a bill in the South African parliament to legalize assisted suicide. Davidson's actions may lead to criminal charges but may also lead to politicians reject the assisted suicide bill.

Kevin Fitzpatrick
Dr Kevin Fitzpatrick, the EPC - International Director and disability activist responded to the death of Burger by writing:

When a person with disabilities has pain, and distress about his work, his own patients’ welfare, and asks a doctor to help him commit suicide. If the doctor says ‘Let’s look at your pain management – let’s get you working again the way you’d like - you h 
ave so much to give these online patients seeking help’? That leads to a belief that life is worth living. 
But if a doctor responds: Well of course not. ‘You want to die? Yes of course I’ll help you’ – simple, eh? That leads to a belief that the person is better off dead.
Last weekend, Davidson was chosen to become a member of the international board of the euthanasia lobby.

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