By Alex Schadenberg
In every jurisdiction where assisted suicide has been legalized, the language of the law gives doctors the right to be involved with killing their patients. Assisted suicide is sold to society as a form of freedom and autonomy, when in fact that is not the case.
We are told that legalizing assisted suicide will eliminate suffering, but in fact, it eliminates the sufferer. Data shows that people ask for assisted suicide based on depression, feelings of being a burden, loneliness, fear of possible future pain, loss of hope and feelings of a loss of purpose. These are social reasons that are properly combatted by caring, not killing.
We are told that these laws will have safeguards. Recently a Canadian man in British Columbia died by euthanasia, even though he was not physically ill at all, but rather was living with chronic depression. His family was at a great loss, how could this have happened, why didn’t the law protect our brother. The laws are designed to protect the physicians who participate in the acts of causing death, not the person who is depressed and feeling that their life has lost purpose.
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We are told that these laws are for terminally ill people. Jeannette Hall, in Oregon, where assisted suicide is legal, was told that without treatment, she could die in six months from her cancer. Hall wanted assisted suicide and requested assisted suicide, but her physician got to know her and realized that she was in fear of future suffering. So he asked her if she wanted to see her son graduate. She agreed to receive treatment, and not assisted suicide, based on the hope of seeing her son graduate. Nineteen years after requesting assisted suicide, but then changing her mind, Hall remains alive and exclaims that she is happy to be alive.
Assisted suicide is sold to society with a series of fatal flaws. These are lies or half-lies to encourage people to support an act which in fact gives physicians the right in law to cause their patients death.
A note from Right to Life: Come out to hear Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, speak on Caring Not Killing at the 22nd Annual St. Clair County Right to Life Banquet on October 24th, 2019 at 6:30 pm located at Alexander’s Banquet Hall in Marysville, MI. The cost to attend is $35.00. For ticket information visit, https://www.sccrtl.org/ or call 810-987-5433.
Alex Schadenberg is a leader in the fight against the scourge of euthanasia around the world. From his native country of Canada, where euthanasia is a pressing concern, to Europe and beyond, Mr. Schadenberg has spoken out strongly for the rights of those threatened by the increasing social and political pressure to end their lives. He released Fatal Flaws: Legalizing Assisted Death in May 2018, a film that reveals the flaws in assisted death laws around the world. For more on Alex, click here.