Healthy Vancouver woman wants to die beside her ailing husband (http://www.nationalpost.com/story.html?id=1492621), by Tom Blackwell, nationalpost.com, April 13 ‘09
“The head of a controversial assisted-suicide group in Switzerland says he will seek legal permission to help a Canadian woman and other healthy people like her kill themselves, raising startling new issues in the emotional debate over euthanasia….”
It is also very disturbing to me that, “Mr. Minelli says he has helped in the suicide of several people with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and other mental illnesses.” In other words, he has helped kill people who aren’t even terminally ill and who aren’t even in untreatable pain!
It’s understandable that those in unbearable pain and near death feel the need to hasten death privately, and that’s a legitimate issue in Canada – the law is a trap for well-meaning doctors and families. But for euthanasia in general, it is up to us to counter the destructive values that are being promoted publicly. We need to preserve the sacredness of human life – our own life included – in order to protect the sick, weak and suicidally depressed.
We cannot allow a society that normalizes euthanasia so that eugenicists can get rid of the “excess” and “inefficient”. That’s what this outrageous propaganda is for. Based on trends, the “right to die” or “the right to get a State-approved suicide doctor” is possibly the only “freedom” the State will eventually concede to those who ask for it, and even then, it would likely become another intrusion.
The State can’t be bothered to let us have a society where we are truly free, where we work towards what’s best voluntarily, and have plenty of choices and access to different kinds of medical treatments and pain-killers. They’d rather continue their “war on drugs” and drop their bombs and their poisons and build their weapons and keep their secrets, and bail the banks, and threaten to destroy our remaining freedoms. That’s all the State is good for and they haven’t conceded any of it. They spend our money on those things, so the “right to die” seems to fit with their priorities.
April 14th, 2009