Monday, July 6, 2020

Living with end-of-life possibilities: Why she opposes euthanasia.

Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

New Zealand is debating the legalization of euthanasia as they approach a September 19th euthanasia referendum during the election. New Zealand's parliament passed a euthanasia bill in November 2019 by a vote of 69 to 51. In order to obtain the necessary votes to pass the bill the government agreed to a referendum on the bill.

Serena Jones
An article by Serena Jones published by Newsroom tells her story. 
Jones is a New Zealand business woman and mother who has been fighting cancer for many years. Jones expresses her concern with the legalization of euthanasia based on her personal experience. The article explains:
Seven years ago I was told I had a 25 percent chance of living five years without the cancer returning; two years ago I was given 12 months to live. Plainly the upcoming End of Life Choice referendum concerns me, others like me, and all those involved in my care. 
I’ve just put the phone down after my phone consultation. My results are excellent. No new disease showing up in my body and the tumour much the same as it was on the last scan. I’m back ‘under observation’ (meaning a doctor check-in every six weeks and CT scan every three months). It’s an upward-swing of the pendulum, another reprieve – delivered with care, grace, attentiveness, in the best possible way. 
...Two years on, and inconceivable as it seems to me, I’m facing the end of my life. We’re coming up to a referendum on this very topic. I’d like to add something personal to the conversation.
Jones explains that she first reacted to her cancer diagnosis by being frightened, angry and incredulous, her next reaction was to face it head-on. Jones writes:
My initial prognosis was 12 months. It wasn’t long before my oncologist was ‘keeping me alive till Christmas’. Since then my family and I have lived through two Christmases. Clearly, in my case at least, there’s deep uncertainty here. The defining clause in the Act relies on this. I’ll be able to ask for an assisted death.
She then writes about the relationship she has had with many of her doctors who have cared for her and worked with her as she battled the disease. She refers to the doctor patient relationship as gold dust. She then comments on the position of New Zealand physicians:
Many hundreds of Kiwi doctors want no part in assisted suicide, and believe that physician-assisted death is unethical and interferes with the doctor-patient relationship to the extent that it crosses a societal line. It seems to me we’re risking a great deal here.
Jones comments on the excellent care that exists and New Zealand and the need to maintain this commitment to care. She concludes by stating:
Let’s understand that dying is an intrinsic part of life. Let’s talk about what end-of-life care actually is and strengthen, extend and improve what we already have in our palliative care. Such care is a commitment, one we need to make. Euthanasia is an avoidance of this commitment.
Thank you Serena for advocating for excellent care rather than killing.


Baron Yves de Menten de Horne, in Belgium. said...

Congratulations, Serena : if all the patients with Cancer got to read what you said, the World would be better. I live just under your feet, on the other side of the Earth (in Belgium). I'm nearly 77, and closely faced death 15 times since I was born. I'm thoroughly against Euthanasia, which I consider similar to planned assasination.
I, my wife (fell in love in 1964), children and 16 grand-children wish you to recover completely, and hope the Coalition will eventually win against the hard-core assasins who relish giving death, and thus try to play God.

Chooken Chaser said...

God Bless You, Baron Yves de Menten de Home.

No truer words have been spoken re: describing Euthanasia - Planned Assasination

Such a fallen world we live in Sir,
God Wins.
Many Blessings Brother in Christ - one day,(this evil place where we live as it is under the authority of satan) will be Heaven when Jesus returns.
Revelation 22:12-16

Melinda in Australia b.1964