Skip to comments.Wesley J. Smith: Medical Conscience: All Dutch Doctors Must be Complicit in Euthanasia Killing
Posted on 09/10/2011 2:17:12 PM PDT by wagglebee
I have been fighting the international campaign to legalize and normalize doctor-prescribed/administered death since 1993, and this much I know: Once euthanasia is let in the door, ultimately, enough is never, ever enough.
Par exemple: Euthanasia activists often assure that no doctor will be forced to participate in medicalized killing. But I have been warning that this right of conscience is really an expedient, intended to give false assurance while the euthanasia consciousness gestates and matures.
And now the very pro euthanasia Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) has stated that all doctors have a professional duty to be complicit in euthanasiaeither by killing legally qualified patients directly who ask, or if they dont want to do the deed personally, by referring suicidal patients to a death doctor who they know will kill. From The Role of the Physician in the Voluntary Termination of Life position paper:
Patients, too, often have difficulty telling a physician they have an authentic wish to die. Physicians, for their part, are under an obligation to take such requests seriously. This also means that if a physician cannot or does not wish to honour a patients request for euthanasia or assisted suicide he must give the patient a timely and clear explanation of why, and furthermore must then refer or transfer the patient to another physician in good time. Vague promises, failure to transfer patients during absences, causing delays or indicating at a late stage or too late that the physician has reconsidered his decision to perform the euthanasia all demonstrate a lack of professionalism. The KNMG therefore calls on all physicians to act as they would wish themselves or their loved ones to be treated.
Do the Dutch really want doctors to have to choose between their careers and being complicit in killing? Are doctors to be punished professionally because they still believe in the Hippocratic Oath? Because while that is not yet Dutch law, by asserting that Dutch doctors have a moral and professional duty to refer, forced complicity is precisely where this is heading. Dissenting Dutch doctors need to forcefully stand against this encroaching tyranny.
It is also worth noting that if a patient does not qualify for euthanasia, according to the KMNG position paper, a doctor may refer him/her to how-to-commit-suicide literature:
There is no punishment for physicians and other persons if they provide information about suicide. Physicians are also legally permitted to refer patients to information that is available on the Internet or to publications sold by book vendors, or provide these on loan, and to discuss this information with patients. (30, 31) In fact, it is the physicians professional responsibility to engage the patient in discussion if the latter voices an intention to stockpile drugs with a view to using them to end his life. The physician can, but is not obligated to, refer the patient to available resources and experts, including spiritual care providers such as a pastor, minister or humanistic counsellor.
So, lets recap: It is unprofessional for a doctor to refuse to kill or refer for that purpose when a patient asks for euthanasia. But it is okay to help patients learn how to commit suicide if they dont qualify for euthanasia under the law. Culture of death, Wesley? What culture of death?
And the moral of the story? Once the culture of death sinks into the bedrock of a society or culture, it brooks no dissent.
And the culture of death is making a lot of headway in America.
The Doc’s should ask if they can start with the pol’s and the judges.
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Some people just enjoy watching other people die.
The Dutch have involuntary euthanasia also. Not sure how that differs from murder, but I’m sure liberals have an explanation.
This still seems like a bad dream. It just doesn’t seem possible that society is moving in so extreme a direction, yet the facts are right before us.
My Doctor left practice because they passed Obamacare.
He was from a lower Rhine heritage.
His decision certainly hurt me, I have decided to not get another doctor.
I respect his freedom to choose, I respect him, but, frankly is that the answer?
The military is sanctioned by our people to kill. Doctors take an oath to help. It may be necessary, but let the military do it.
One thing for sure is to never use the services of any physician who was born in, trained in, practiced in Nederland. Just don’t do it.
Like every other immoral leftist agenda. They will only be "satisfied" when the entire world is in their iron death grip.
... I would then have him trace the process of our moral decline, to watch, first, the sinking of the foundations of morality as the old teaching was allowed to lapse, then the rapidly increasing disintegration, then the final collapse of the whole edifice, and the dark dawning of our modern day when we can neither endure our vices nor face the remedies needed to cure them.....of late years wealth has made us greedy, and self-indulgence has brought us, through every form of sensual excess, to be, if I may so put it, in love with death both individual and collective... TITUS LIVIUS 59 B.C. TO 17 A.D.
The Netherlands is a hot bed of vice, narcotics, open prostitution and sodomy. Perhaps embracing vice, becoming degenerate, leads to a wish to die, "individual and collective?"
right of conscience is really an expedientThat's probably due to the lack of one on the parts of advocates.