Friday, July 31, 2009

Sound reasons why we should not go down the path of legalizing euthanasia

In Tasmania a private members bill was recently introduced by the Greens to see euthanasia legalized. There are many sound reasons why we should not go down the path of legalizing euthanasia.

There really can be no safeguards in legalised euthanasia. The Dutch experience is an excellent example of this. Dr John Keown found that in 1990, 52 per cent of the 10,558 cases of a doctor’s intent to hasten death were done with no explicit request from the patient.

Palliative care is one of the great overlooked issues in the whole debate. What the terminally ill want is pain relief, not an end to life. Euthanasia, should never be legalised. Instead, more effort should be put into reducing pain, not killing the sufferer.

Read more at ChristianToday


Diogenes said...

This “euthanasia” fantasy is a radical rightwingnut attempt to needlessly scare people. It’s a complete lie. Here’s the truth:

And here’s the actual proposed bill. Look on page 425 to see for yourself:

Secular Heretic said...

Your links seem to deal with something that is going on in the US.

The private members bill originated in the Australian state of Tasmania.

Diogenes said...

Sorry, I'm sure Australia has enough problems without dealing with ours in the U.S.