Skip to comments.Fearful elderly people carry 'anti-euthanasia cards'
Posted on 04/27/2011 6:11:52 AM PDT by AustralianConservative
Elderly people in the Netherlands are so fearful of being killed by doctors that they carry cards saying they do not want euthanasia, according to a campaigner who says allowing assistant suicide in Britain would put the vulnerable at risk.
In an article published on BMJ.com on Friday, Mr Fitzpatrick wrote: Disabled people, like others, and often with more reason, need to feel safe. Thus eroding what may already be a shaky sense of safety in medical care poses a further threat to disabled peoples wellbeing...and life itself.
He cited the experience of Baroness Campbell of Surbiton, the disabled founder of Not Dead Yet, who was once told by doctors that they presumed she wouldnt want resuscitation if she experienced complications during treatment.
He mentioned the comments of Lord McColl made in the House of Lords that in the Netherlands, where euthanasia has been officially legalised and regulated since 2002, doctors found the cases increasingly easy to carry out while many elderly people in the Netherlands are so fearful of euthanasia that they carry cards around with them saying that they do not want it.
This was a reference to the Dutch Patients Association (NPV), which has 70,000 members of whom at least 6,000 have living will declarations stating that they do not want euthanasia if they are taken into hospital or a nursing home.
Other Dutch people, however, make written declarations of their will to die.
Mr Fitzpatrick concluded: These discussions are complex, involving deep moral questions that cannot and must not be treated as though they were merely matters of fact with clear and obvious answers that everyone must share, as though logic dictated it.
The lives of many disabled people depend on resisting attempts to introduce a law legalising the intentional act of killing.
(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...
Coming our way if Obama gets reelected...
The Dutch were once Christians...
It’s always amazing to me that the same people in europe who weep and protest when Texas executes some criminal scumbag; are also the ones most eager to kill off the elderly, sick and unborn...
...actually no it isn’t.
“Well, Bob, we voted and decided that your house it too nice for you, and you have the sniffles, so POW!!!, you wanted euthenasia.”
I’m getting BETTER!!
There are no death panels in Obamacare. So I have been told. I will carry “the card” here, the USA, as well. Thanks for posting this AC.
God spare the U.S.
The conservative Christians in Holland tend to live in the North whereas the South is more secularized. I have Christian relatives over there.
I agree. Liberal Europeans are a bunch of hypocrites. I like Texas they know the difference between innocence and guilt.
Right to Die = Duty to Die
My brother-in-law is currently in America. I should have told him to make a card. Oh. Well.
Creepy - but true. The Nazis promoted the same agenda.
That is good news. I visited Netherlands quite often in the last decade as I lived for a few months in Brussels and was always appalled by Amsterdam and Rotterdam. The cities have some art, but they are dirty and the people seemed slimy to my conservative eyes. But I’m glad to hear you say that this is limited to the cities of the south
Thanks VERY MUCH for posting.
Life, liberty and the pursuit and destruction of totalitarians.