Elder Abuse on the Rise in Countries where Euthanasia Legalised

old age euthanasia Right to Life Media Release  6th May 2015

Experience in countries that have legalised doctors killing their patients or assisting in their suicide reveal an alarming increase in Elder Abuse.

Age Concern charity estimates that between 17,000 and 25,000 older Kiwis experience some sort of abuse each year”. What is even worse is that about 75% of all alleged abusers are family members. Recently the Senior Citizens Minister, Maggie Barry, released the 2014 Report on the Positive Ageing Strategy, “that found that each year about 3-10 per cent of older people are subjected to physical, psychological, sexual or financial abuse, and predicted that rate would increase.”

In April a 80 year-old woman suffering dementia in the Netherlands was given a lethal injection to kill her after her family obtained a court order obliging the care facility for the elderly where she was living, to let her leave in order to fulfil her “death wish.” The woman was incapable of expressing her will. She was legally killed one day after having left the Clinic “Ter Reede” in Flushing. The management, medical staff, and the woman’s general practitioner were all opposed to the killing of this helpless patient.

The case marks a milestone in the slippery slope of legal euthanasia in the Netherlands and should be a warning to New Zealand. This is the first time a doctor’s decision not to kill a patient because of his or her mental incapacitation, has been overridden by a court. This is plainly and simply judicial murder.

Every human being has an inalienable right to life and has intrinsic dignity as a unique and unrepeatable miracle of God’s creation.

The Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) wants to loosen the definition of “unbearable suffering” for euthanasia qualification to include non-medical issues. New guidelines will certainly change that.  These social factors include matters such as “loneliness,” strained “financial resources,” and a “loss of social skills.”These guidelines are an encouragement to abuse of the elderly. A recent study revealed that 52 per cent of Dutch doctors in the group of 800 who specialise in euthanasia would be prepared to give those with dementia a lethal dose. Twenty -five per cent of euthanasia killings in Holland are without the request of the patient. Thirty per cent of patients in Holland who request euthanasia, believe that they are a burden on their family and society.

According to Alzheimers New Zealand, there are 53,000 patients with dementia in this country, with a further 40,000 undiagnosed. This is expected to increase to 200,000 in fifty years. It costs $954 million a year to treat dementia plus $37 million for carers. In fifty years, the cost will be more than $4 Billion.

With an increasing aging population and  reduced health spending, if we legalised the killing of the aged, the disabled, and the seriously ill, we could follow the example of Oregon where the Department of Health following the introduction of doctor assisted suicide in 1997, cut back on health coverage and care of the sick and elderly and offered instead to pay for lethal pills to enable the person to commit suicide as health care.

Euthanasia is not health care it is cold blooded murder. Our elderly, the disabled and the very ill deserve respect, compassion and care. They can live without euthanasia.   

Ken Orr

Spokesperson

Right to Life

Lack of Parental Notification for Abortion is Child Abuse

Media Release Saturday 2nd May 2015

Parental Notification is not an Abortion Issue but a Family Rights Issue –The Denial of Parental Notification is child Abuse.

Right to Life is opposed to school counsellors and members of the Family Planning Association smuggling young girls under the age of 16 years of age out of school for a secret abortion. In doing so they may be hiding statutory rape or incest. This is an appalling violation of parental rights and a breach of trust. It is a sad irony that a school requires the written consent of the parents for permission to attend a school trip or to be given an aspirin, yet may smuggle her away for an abortion without her parents’ knowledge or consent. 

Right to Life fully supports parents and has been lobbying Parliament since 1977 for the right of parents to be notified of an abortion on a girl under the age of 16 years of age, as a prelude to the legal recognition of the right of parents to withhold consent.

To deny parents the opportunity to be informed of an abortion on a daughter under the age of 16, risks or perpetuates estrangement or alienation from the child when she is in the greatest need of parental guidance and support. It denies all dignity to the family.

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How Terri Schiavo was Murdered by Judicial Decree

Media Release 29th April 2015

The intentional death of Terri Schiavo by dehydration and starvation

It is now ten years since Philadelphia women Terri Schiavo, was murdered by judicial decree on the 31 March 2005, in Florida. She was killed by being denied food and dehydration. She was a healthy person who had suffered a massive head injury, due to a cardiac arrest on 25 February 1990. She was not in a terminal condition. She was not on life support and was not in a coma. She was a healthy person. She was however receiving food and hydration by artificial means.  Click on the picture above for a video of Terri just before here death.

Why have the advocates for euthanasia and a culture of death succeeded in having food and hydration, a basic necessity for life and a human right, reclassified as “medical treatment”?

Today in our own New Zealand Hospitals and nursing homes, patients are being starved and dehydrated to a painful death.

Terri did not die from any illness or disease, she died because she was denied food and hydration which are fundamental human rights. It is morally illicit to deny a human being food and hydration, when their body can benefit from them.

Terri’s husband Michael, who was her legal guardian, sought to have the feeding tubes removed. He had abandoned Terri and was now living with another woman who bore his children. Terri’s plight was brought to the attention of the President of the United States, George W. Bush and the Governor of Florida, Jeb Bush. They were instrumental in having legislation passed with the intention of preventing Terri’s feeding tubes being removed, however the legislation was overthrown by the courts. It was Circuit Court Judge, George W. Greer who delivered the death sentence for Terri.

For a fuller account of Terri’s story click here.

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Let Us Also Mourn the 458,000 Lost in War on Unborn

In celebrating ANZAC Day we mourn those who have given their lives in war in order that we may be free. There were more than 18,000 New Zealanders who lost their lives in World War 1 and 11,625 New Zealanders killed in World War II, a total of more than 29,000. We must never forget the sacrifice that they made in order that future generations may live in freedom and enjoy our inalienable right to life. Throughout our nation there are monuments commemorating their sacrifice.

It is an illusion though that we are now living in peace and free from war. Today we are engaged in another bloody war, not with a foreign aggressor but in a war against a new enemy, our own children. Why do we feel threatened by our own children in the womb the weakest and most defenceless member of the human family? Pregnancy is not a disease, why has the womb become a battleground more violent than Gallipoli? [Read more…]

Killing me Softly – Should Euthanasia be Legalised?

Killing me softly The following report is from Family First. The link to their report is essential reading if you wish to be informed on this important debate.
Euthanasia (or assisted suicide) has certainly been in the media a lot lately. There is a strong push for it to be decriminalised in NZ as has happened in a few overseas countries.
Are you ready for this debate? Do you know the key arguments for euthanasia and how to counter them? Can you define ‘euthanasia’? (There is a lot of misunderstanding over the definition, which is further confusing the debate.) Why should we oppose euthanasia? What does the overseas experience show?

CLICK HERE to download the Executive Summary
CLICK HERE to download the Full Report

Human Rights Commission has a Duty to Oppose Petition of Lecretia Seales in High Court

Right to Life requests that the Human Rights Commission gives an urgent assurance to the community, that it will vigorously oppose the petition of Lecretia Seales in the High Court. Her petition is a threat to the common good. Right to Life is stunned at the statement made by the  Commission’s lawyer, Dr Matthew Palmer QC, that the Commission could play a helpful role as a neutral, independent party assisting the Court. How can the Commission be neutral when the right to life of every New Zealander is being threatened?

How can the Commission claim to have no view on the morality of euthanasia, when it is contrary to the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights and to the New Zealand Bill of Rights?  For the triumph of evil, all that is necessary is for the Commission to be neutral.   [Read more…]

Dirty Deeds but UN Bully Boys Fail to Corrupt African Nations

The following article by By Stefano Gennarini, J.D. at  C-Fam   exposes the tactics of the UNFPA’s (United Nations Population Fund) in its attempts to impose on African nations, their own agenda, which includes the promotion of the moral equivalence of any kind of sexual activity, including homosexual behavior, teaching children as young as 4-5 about masturbation, the right for those children to choose their gender and reproductive health policies, (aka abortion on demand).

Fortunately this time, unlike on previous occasions, where they met with success in bullying sovereign nations such as El Salvador and The Philippines, their attempts did not succeed.  With around $1 Billion dollars of funding behind them and the support of many liberal western governments behind them too, the machinery of the UNFPA and a huge range of NGO’s steadily work away to erode time honoured traditional morals and values in the third World. The UNFPA and their ilk are not concerned with the health and well being of children and poor populations as much as promoting their own notions of sexuality through the enforcement of UN policy.

The article below was released by C-FAM on 18th April 2015 with the title;

UN Population Commission Shell shocked By Resistance To Sexual Agenda

The end to the 48th Session of the UN commission on population and development (CPD) was somber. The atmosphere in the room was muted and still. After two weeks of negotiations an agreement could not be reached on how to integrate population policies in the post-2015 development agenda—the purpose and theme of the commission this year.

You could hear a pin drop as Nigeria informed the chair of the commission that her chair’s text of the draft resolution needed just a few tweaks that would only take 10 minutes. She would have none of it. [Read more…]

Abortion Law Reform Association “Essential Medical Service” ALRANZ Supporting Violence against Women

The Abortion Law Reform Association [ALRANZ] believes that a woman should have the right to have her child killed for any reason up to birth. The Association is fearful that the Family Planning Association is in danger of losing its licence to kill children in their first nine weeks of life at its Tauranga clinic. ALRANZ claims that this is an essential medical service, is safer, cheaper and is less traumatic for patients. This claim is patently and absurdly false.

The women of New Zealand are not deceived by the false claims of ALRANZ that the killing of the unborn in potentially normal pregnancies is an essential medical service.  It is a cruel and heartless deception. Abortion is violence against women and their children. It is the ultimate in child abuse. New Zealand has the fifth worst record of child abuse in the OECD. On average, 37 born children are murdered in New Zealand every year. This is not surprising when 14,000 unborn children are murdered in their mother’s womb each year. ALRANZ clearly supports this horrendous child abuse.  RU 486 was first marketed by New Zealand company Istar. It is disturbing that this company is named after the Babylonian goddess Istar to whom children were sacrificed. It is even more disturbing that all of this companies directors and shareholders are or were former abortionists with a vested interest in abortion.

ALRANZ claims that abortion is safe. Is it safe for the child who is violently deprived of their life?  Is it safe for the mother, who is left with a lifetime of sorrow, guilt and regret.

Every child is a unique and unrepeatable miracle of creation, endowed by its creator with human rights, the foundation right being an inalienable right to life. Each child is created and endowed with special gifts to enrich our society. Each child is created to love and to be loved. ALRANZ claims that we need access to abortion to have what it calls  “reproductive justice”. To deprive a child of its life  is however a great injustice. Why does ALRANZ refuse to acknowledge that the unborn child has an inalienable right to life?  [Read more…]

New Poll is Simplistic and Biased in Favour of Euthanasia

Right to Life is disappointed at the deceptive and biased national poll conducted in March by Research New Zealand. The poll is a disservice to the whole community especially the disabled, the aged and those with Dementia and Alzheimer’s This poll does not contribute to an informed debate on whether Parliament  should change the law on homicide to allow doctors to kill their patients or assist in their suicide.

The following questions were asked in the poll:

1. Suppose a person has a painful incurable disease. Do you think  that doctors should be allowed by law to end the patient’s life if the patient requests it?

2. Still thinking of that person with a painful incurable disease, do you think that someone else, like a close relative, should be allowed by law to help end the patient’s life, if the patient requests it?

The questionnaire fails to recognise a number of dangerous provisions in the contentious, End of Life Choice Euthanasia Bill. which although currently withdrawn from the ballot still remains in contention.  Firstly this bill drafted by Labour MP,  Maryan Street, provides for any person who is disabled or who has a condition that in the patient’s view results in a quality of life that is unacceptable to the patient, may request to be killed by their doctor. That means that any person who has a disability or has a condition like depression, dementia or Alzheimer’s, may request that a doctor give them a lethal injection. It means that even teenagers who are experiencing ongoing severe depression may be eligible for being euthanased by a doctor.

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The Assault on Medical Ethics- Demise of Doctors who Respect Right to Life

It is time to rise from our slumber. There is an international war being waged on the conscience of the medical profession.

The culture of death that imposes abortion and euthanasia on a society demands that doctors are submissive and complicit in depriving their patients of life. There is absolutely no place for doctors with a conscience in this new culture particularly for those who respect the sanctity of life of every human being from conception to natural death.

Our conscience is our most precious possession. It has been conferred on us by our Creator to guide us on our journey, to help us to choose good and to avoid evil.

The End of Life Choice bill currently out of the ballot awaiting its return by Labour, Section 26, of the bill requires that if a doctor is not prepared to be involved with killing his patient he/she has a legal duty to refer the patient to a doctor who will facilitate the killing. Doctors who refuse to comply could be struck off the register and denied the right to practice medicine.

The Green Party are drafting a Private Members bill to decriminalise abortion. Right to Life has been advised that doctors will be required to authorise an abortion, or refer the woman to a doctor who will. This is an assault on the conscience of doctors who respect life.

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