Monday, May 12, 2008

'I made it look like they died in their sleep'

Jon Ronson is a film producer who supported assisted suicide and decided to make a film about assisted suicide campaigner George Exoo.

Ronson contacted Exoo to make a film about him, after it became known that Exoo had assisted the suicide of Rosemary Toole in January 2002 in Ireland. The Toole suicide created significant support for assisted suicide in Ireland.

The guardian published a story today about the experience Ronson had with interviewing and getting to know Exoo and his suicide "ministry" while producing the film about him.

This may be the most interesting story about the "inside" of the underground death culture that I have read. Exoo claims to have been directly involved in 102 suicide deaths. What is astounding is that most of his "clients" were not terminally ill but just depressed and in need of psychiatric help.

The prime example of an Exoo client is Pam Acre, a 59 year-old woman living on the outskirts of Baltimore.

Acre describes her disease as difficult because all the tests come back negative.

Exoo is not concerned about the mental condition of Acre, he is only interested in describing each method of suicide and determining which method Acre prefers.

Ronson was also interesting in finding out how Exoo met his clients.

Ronson interviewed Derek Humphry, the founder of the Hemlock society that has now morphed into the Compassion and Choices group in the U.S.

"Humphry said that the mainstream right-to-die groups will tell them (Exoo clients), "'We can't help you. It's not within our parameters because you aren't terminally ill.' But they pursue you. They call and call. And eventually someone will say, 'George Exoo will probably help you.' And that gets them off the phone and on to George."

What that means is that George Exoo is busy aiding, abeting and counseling suicide for people who are not terminally ill, and who simply need help for their depression and the mainstream "right to die" lobby is complicit by sending him their troubled callers.

The experience that Ronson has with George Exoo proves that when people learn about the right to die - suicide cult - they will change their mind about assisted suicide, like Ronson did.

The other inference that can be drawn from Ronson is that the only reason the mainstream right to die lobby won't "assist" people who are not terminal and only depressed because their goal is to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide and being associated with killing mentally ill and depressed people won't advance their goals.


Robbie said...

Important exposee, Alex,
Right to die proponents no longer have difficulty "helping" anyone (who seems to want it) "die with dignity" (ie. at the time of their choosing) when it becomes "legal", like in Holland. Until then, only "die hards" like Exoo are the only ones willing to do anyone in on request, and risk prison, and besmirching the movement. So exposure of what is going to happen when it is "legal" is a useful deterrent in a culture that actually still places value on all life, however attenuated that value has become

marilu said...

It's sad when we lose the natural reaction to suffering which is to find a way to ease the pain... and not to get rid of the person so that the pain ceases to exist.

Dave said...

I have been caring for my mother 88 an father 90 who just past away.My father never wanted to go to a home.He was lucky that he die in to weeks.I have discuss the right to die with my mom when she can no longer enjoy life at home with me.The homes are a money making business.That is why states do not allow the right to die.I would like more information,so that my mom does not have to suffer.