Euthanasia a slippery slope
Re David Chilvers, 31 March. The publication, Two Decades of Research on Euthanasia from the Netherlands is an apology for a culture of death. His allegation that doctors in New Zealand are allowing patients to suffer before being assisted to die is false and disparages the excellent palliative care available in the health system which allow patients to die with dignity. Euthanasia is not about pain control but reducing the cost of health care. Oregon reported 114 assisted suicides in 2011, only a third of patients cited inadequate pain control. The most commonly expressed concern of those dying was being a burden on family, friends or caregivers, being less able to engage in activities and losing autonomy. As in previous years there was no formal evaluation or treatment for underlying depression, often the reason for requests for euthanasia. Death by euthanasia thus becomes not an act of personal autonomy, but an act of desperation.
Right to Life.