Marlowe's Shade

Monday, November 21, 2005

Death on Demand: Assisted Suicide Not a Medical Solution

My minimum Weekly Wisdom Requirement from Wesley J Smith :

A Swiss assisted suicide organization called Dignitas has helped a depressed woman kill herself in Germany. True, the woman presented a fake medical report, stating she was very ill. But the head of Dignitas said it didn't matter since, "in any case every person in Europe has the right to choose to die, even if they are not terminally ill." (As a result of the suicide, the doctor who faked the medical report also killed himself.)

This is reminiscent of Dr. Philip Nitschke in Australia counseling a "terminally ill" woman named Nancy Crick about how to go about committing suicide. (Assisted suicide advocates who were present clapped when she swallowed the poison pills.) But when it was discovered upon autopsy that Crick was not actually dying, Nitschke said he'd known it all the time and shrugged it off: She wanted to die, he sniffed, so no big deal.

Cases like this have appeared in Oregon since the beginning of their "Death with Dignity" law. I've said it often but it bears repeating: the right-to-die movement always dissembles on its agenda.
papijoe 8:29 AM