Monday, June 20, 2016

There is no such thing as neutrality with assisted suicide.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director - Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

The assisted suicide lobby is once again pressuring medical association's to become neutral on assisted suicide.

Last Monday, the American Medical Association (AMA) reacted to pressure from the Oregon Medical Association, to change the AMA stance on assisted suicide to neutral (Resolution 015) by establishing a Study on aid in dying.

Tomorrow, the British Medical Association (BMA) will vote on two motions

The first motion (79 on the agenda): affirms that: ‘it is not appropriate at this time to debate whether or not to change existing BMA policy’.

If the first motion is not passed they will debate a second motion (80) which states: ‘that this meeting believes that the BMA should adopt a neutral stance on assisted dying’.

Physicians need to recognize that neutrality on euthanasia or assisted suicide does not exist. Either you support physicians lethally injecting patients (euthanasia) or writing prescriptions for lethal drugs (assisted suicide) or you don't.

Further to that, if euthanasia or assisted suicide become legal, physicians are pressured to participate.

In Belgium, physicians do not have to inject or refer their patients to a physician who will inject their patient, but physicians who are unwilling to refer patients are pressured to do so. A recent bill in the Belgian legislature would require physicians to refer for euthanasia.

For instance, the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons have rejected conscience rights and decided that physicians don't have to lethally inject their patients, but they are required to "effectively refer" their patients to someone who will kill their patient.

Neutrality is only a stepping stone to legalization.

The assisted suicide lobby knows that the two most influential bodies of opposition to assisted suicide are the disability community and the medical community. If one or both of those communities become neutral, the odds of legalizing these acts substantially increase.

Whether a physician opposes or supports assisted suicide, it is never an issue of neutrality, and if it becomes legal, there is always pressure to participate in acts that cause death.

3 comments:

Ak Rhodes said...

So it's 'my choice to die' but in getting 'my choice, everyone else has to kowtow to what I want? So in getting the freedom (to kill or die) other freedoms of conscience and action are subordinate to that deadly whim? This is a devolution of democracy in a hidden way. That means the killing of patients has already become politicized and it will only get worse from here.

Gord Schneider said...

This whole business is like waking up from a bad dream. This is pure madness from start to finish. How did Canadians become so morally bankrupt? God help us all.

Rob Comment said...

The Supreme Court of Canada decided for the millions of Canadians who never would have voted it in. However, they are responsible for not taking steps to overturn the Court's decision. The pro-suicide fanatics rely on such inaction.

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