The Truth about "Assisted Suicide"

This article, dealing with an “assisted suicide” proposal in Quebec, says it all. Here are the key points:

In a March 2005 New England Journal of Medicine report called The Groningen Protocol, it is revealed that babies born with spina bifida, cleft palate and other abnormalities are being killed by Dutch physicians.

Consider the case of British Columbia couple George and Betty Coumbias, both 73. George is ill with serious heart disease and is seeking to be killed in Switzerland at a clinic called Dignitas. Betty is perfectly healthy, but she has decided she wants them to kill her at the same time as her husband, and this clinic is seriously considering it. More slipping and sliding going on here.

According to a 1991 Dutch report called Medical Decisions About the End of Life, by Prof. J. Remmelink, attorney general of the High Council of the Netherlands, in 1990 alone 1,031 people were killed by their physicians without their consent or knowledge. What I don’t understand is how this fact alone doesn’t stop the push for euthanasia cold. Of those 1,031 people murdered against their will, 14 per cent were fully competent and 72 per cent never expressed the will to be killed. In other words, those patients were given no choice then or ever again.

Numerous other reports in the Netherlands made similar hair-raising findings. In 1995, 950 people were killed without their consent or “choice,” and in 2005 (the most recent report in the Netherlands) 550 people were killed by their doctors without request or consent.

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