Thursday, August 6, 2015

Out-of-control reasons for assisted suicide illuminate danger

This article was published by OneNewsNow on August 6, 2015

By Charlie Butts

Switzerland exemplifies why experts on physician-assisted suicide believe the solution is to not legalize it in the first place.

Alex Schadenberg
A 75-year-old retired nurse from the United Kingdom was in excellent health but decided she didn't want to grow any older - so she traveled to Switzerland last month, visited a suicide clinic, and died on July 21. Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition tells OneNewsNow that recent incident is not an isolated case.
“There was a case of cousins who were both elderly and who were living together, and they decided they just didn't want to live anymore so they went to Switzerland,” he describes. “There was the case of the guy from Italy who had a wrong medical diagnosis. He died by assisted suicide in Switzerland. No one bothered to check the medical records. And then there's the case of a woman from Italy who just decided she didn't like how she looked anymore.”
Schadenberg points to these cases to illustrate the out-of-control concept of assisted suicide, which he says is the logical end of permitting someone to cause your death. Proponents would call it freedom, but Schadenberg says that's not true at all.
“So once you open the door, once you say it's okay to cause somebody's death, the only question that remains is Under what circumstances is it OK?” he says. “That's all that's left to decide. And so in Switzerland, the [list of allowable circumstances] just continues to expand, as it has in Belgium, the Netherlands, and even somewhat in Oregon.”
Schadenberg says the only way to prevent similar occurrences elsewhere is to not legalize the practice to begin with.

2 comments:

Suzanne Diamond said...

Thanks Alex - good article. I'm looking for an extensive list of euthanasia and assisted suicide abuses to drive home the point about the Real Danger of legalizing these killings - including cases I've heard about of healthy children and adults being euthanized in some countries - robbing them of the gift of life just because they have a disability, blind people, depressed youth, lonely people, etc. I just met a fellow who thought, as most people do, that there was no problem to legalizing euthanasia and AS in Canada, that it's already being practiced, you know, the standard confusion that you effectively dispel in your new pamphlet, "Protecting People from Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide". He knew that patients have the right to request that no heroic measures be taken, but thought that this was the same as euthanasia. I informed him that withholding or withdrawing medical treatment, pain management and palliative sedation are not the same as euthanasia which is a direct and intentional killing of a patient usually by lethal injection. But that in all countries where this type of killing has been legalized that the abuses are documented and expanding and that now in some countries the elderly are afraid to go into the hospital because they don't know if they'll be euthanized against their will - they're afraid of being killed without their consent because that is what's happening! I've sent him your pamphlet on Protecting People but I'm hoping to give him more examples of the obvious abuses. Please respond ASAP. Thanks.

Suzanne Diamond said...

I've heard that the origin of the word physician is one who uplifts and inspires - one who heals people's physical body and also lifts their spirits as well - brings hope. Even in seemingly hopeless situations people who are loved and cared about have hope and can be happy and at peace. I heard this from a physician who had worked in drought stricken Africa. It seemed hopeless but he was amazed by how happy the people were despite their circumstances - they were filled with Love and Hope! Doctors certainly didn't go there to kill people who were physically starving and malnourished and neither should physicians kill those who are dying from any other disease or condition including those who are depressed which means that they are starving for the Knowledge of and Love of God! Good medicine aims to uplift and heal people and improve their quality of life, even if they are dying. Love, respect, honor, righteousness, justice, kindness, humility - these are all good qualities that God encourages all people to practice - especially doctors who need to uplift those who are weary, sick or dying. Killing is not caring - it will never be honorable and noble to kill - and it is also expressly forbidden by God in His Ten Commandments and forbidden for doctors in the original Hippocratic Oath. Doctors are born of a Noble and Honorable Calling from God! But, very sadly, some have forgotten this and desperately need to REMEMBER!

The original Hippocratic Oath says: "With regard to healing the sick, I will devise and order for them the best diet, according to my judgment and means; and I will take care that they suffer no hurt or damage. Nor shall any man's entreaty prevail upon me to administer poison to anyone; neither will I counsel any man to do so. Moreover, I will give no sort of medicine to any pregnant woman, with a view to destroy the child. Further, I will comport myself and use my knowledge in a godly manner."

I have been told by a very brilliant physicist that in the physical world there is no such thing as a perpetual motion machine - there is no machine that will just keep going and going without regularly adding more energy to keep it going. Certainly, I've never heard of one. Have you? Only God and His Pure Divine Love are perpetual - they uplift even after death, they uplift Eternally! God is Eternal - Pure Divine Love is Perpetual - it keeps going and going forever and ever and brings miracles out of nothing!

Let's uplift ourselves and the dying by sharing with them the Good News of God's Pure Divine Love! If we practice Loving and Praying to God for His Pure Divine Love to Uplift those who are sick or dying then we share it and become a part of God's Love. God's Love makes people feel connected and that's what Heals people's Hearts and Souls. GOD IS LOVE. Even if a person doesn't believe in God, everybody can believe in PURE DIVINE UNSELFISH NOBLE AND HONORABLE COMPASSIONATE LOVE.

I think that the Supreme Court of Canada, the College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Canadian Government should recommend that we all make greater and concerted efforts for everybody to be more Loving and kill the legalization of doctors killing their patients...

Here is Your God!
…Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary. Isaiah 40:30-31

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