The following article is a re-post from Life Site News on July 5th and is by Doug Mainwaring If ever there was a time that our politicians needed to be fully aware of the dangers of decriminalizing Euthanasia in New Zealand it is now. David Seymour’s End of Life Choice Bill lurks in the wings. The article reads……
An advertisement taken out in a major newspaper in the Netherlands by more than 200 Dutch doctors begins, “[Assisted suicide] for someone who cannot confirm he wants to die? No, we will not do that. Our moral reluctance to end the life of a defenseless man is too great. ”
The doctors, many of whom currently serve as assisted-suicide providers, are objecting to the unchecked growth of euthanasia in their country, where people who have reduced mental capacity due to dementia are being euthanized.
Current law allows doctors to euthanize without verbal consent if a written declaration of will has been provided in advance. In addition, a doctor has to also first determine that the patient is undergoing unbearable suffering. But with reduced mental capacity, patients are often unable to confirm that their former request to be euthanized — executed perhaps years earlier — is still valid.
A turning point
Alarm bells began to sound for these doctors a few years ago when an elderly woman was euthanized against her will.