Monday, March 9, 2009

Scottish assisted suicide group urges a woman with a disability to dehydrate herself to death

A Scotish group that is similar to the American Final Exit Network has created a controversy for there promotion of euthanasia by dehydration. Dr Libby Wilson, a retired GP in Scotland and a member of the death lobby group - Friends at the End advised a woman with ALS to dehydrate herself to death. The woman dehydrated herself over a 25 day period.

I have alway said that the more death by dehydration is promoted, the more people will demand euthanasia by injection. Death by dehydration is barbaric. To even suggest that dehydrating people with cognitive disabilities, such as Terri Schiavo or Eluana Englaro is what they would have wanted is ridiculous.

The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition views sad cases like these as proof that society needs to promote Caring options and rejecting killing people at their most vulnerable time.

The article stated:
A Scottish woman starved and dehydrated herself to death to get around the law which bans euthanasia.

The 75-year old with motor neurone disease received advice from a campaign group which supports terminally ill patients who want to end their lives.

It has now reignited the debate on assisted suicide.

Dr Libby Wilson, medical adviser for campaign group Friends at the End, described the Scottish woman's case to stv news.

Dr Wilson said: "She had motor neurone disease and she was very disabled.

The retired GP gave advice to the woman who ended her life by not eating or drinking for 25 days - because euthanasia is illegal in Britain.

Link to the report from the television news in Scotland:

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