The following post is by Alex Schadenberg, the chair of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.
The Daily Mail UK is reporting that a former euthanasia supporter, Professor Theo Boer, has told the House of Lords in the UK not to make the same mistake as the Netherlands.
Next week, the British House of Lords will debate the Falconer assisted suicide bill. Lord Falconer is a long-time supporter of assisted suicide who is also known for writing a one-sided report calling for the legalization of assisted death in Britain.
The Daily Mail reported Dr Boer to have told the House of Lords:
‘Don’t do it Britain,’
‘Once the genie is out of the bottle, it is not likely ever to go back in again.’
According to the Daily Mail report, Dr Boer, who is an academic in the field of ethics, had argued seven years ago that a ‘good euthanasia law’ would produce relatively low numbers of deaths. But, speaking in a personal capacity he said that
he now believed that the very existence of a euthanasia law turns assisted suicide from a last resort into a normal procedure.