Skip to comments.Elderly need to be cared for, not killed
Posted on 11/21/2011 4:45:50 PM PST by wagglebee
The Nathaniel Centre - The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre - is appalled at suggestions that legalising euthanasia could be a solution to the increasing number of suicides amongst elderly New Zealanders.
Director, John Kleinsman, says that people suffering from depression need extra care and support, not encouragement to die.
"The old and the sick can too easily be persuaded, often in subtle ways, that their lives are not worth living. If people are suffering depression, they need help with that - they need support, care and counselling not a license to kill themselves or be killed at the hands of others. If the elderly are increasingly subject to abuse in its various forms, including social isolation, then we need to look at positive and caring solutions," says Mr Kleinsman.
"We must resist any moves that propose the death of the elderly, frail and other vulnerable people as a solution to individual or societal problems. The elderly need increased protection and care. Legalising euthanasia would send the opposite message.
It's obvious, assisted suicide in any form will only increase the rates of suicide. Our mothers and fathers and grandparents deserve better than this - they need to know they are valued because of who they are instead of being encouraged to shuffle off.
How can we say that the mark of a humane society is whether we are prepared to kill the sick and elderly? The mark of a humane and compassionate society is whether we are prepared to care for those who need it."
I’m fine with euthanasia so long as the Democrats go first.
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Hate to say it but we are all probably a great deal ahead if folks rise up instantly when one of these pukes comes along suggesting euthenasia and just cuts off his head.
That's why I am boycotting Pepsi,Kraft, and nestle.
I believe the primary responsibility for taking care of the elderly lies with their offspring. And that doesn’t mean just shipping them off to a rest home.
A teenager that commits suicide because of facebook bulling is a national tragedy. A senior citizen who is “encourgaged” to end their life is sound policy.
I don’t care if you want to off yourself; that’s your business. I do not however think you should ask others to do it because that’s cowardly.
It goes back to the Bible. Saul gets defeated by the Philistines in battle and trapped on a hillside with his son and his sword bearer. He asks the latter to run him through so that he doesn’t get captured, but the sword bearer refuses on the grounds that it’s wrong to take the life of another. So Saul instead falls on his sword and dies.
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