Quick request to “right to life” anti-euthanasia campaigners: when you’re attacking Dr Nitschke for daring to campaign (despite fairly outrageous censorship) for legislative change on the issue of enabling terminally-ill people in crippling pain to choose to die with dignity, would you mind not cynically and disingenuously mixing that issue up with suicide and depression? The two are quite separate, and it’s outrageous to suggest that someone who supports the former is somehow indifferent to the latter.
Many of those who believe (often due to having experienced the issue first-hand in their own family) that there is nothing but cruelty in the state prosecuting family and friends of people in absolute agony helping their loved ones end their lives painlessly and that people would be better protected from being bullied into such a course if it was legal and properly regulated (I’d want it to be very vigorously regulated to make sure families weren’t bullying the elderly into ending their lives under the impression they were “a burden”), also think we need to do much more to reduce the suicide rate and seriously address depression.
In fact, if we allocated fewer resources into prosecuting the compassionate and more into making sure we provide the medical services to help those suffering from depression and mental illness, we might find that we do a lot more to tackle and reduce suicide than criminalising euthanasia has ever done. One might in fact argue that the humane and kind approach on the latter issue is to help terminally-ill people to end their life painlessly, as the humane and kind approach on the former is to help other people who are at risk of taking their own life to build up the strength to overcome their problems and keep living, and that there is, in reality, no contradiction between the two.
Why is it that we hear your voices so much more on forcing terminally ill people to keep suffering than on pushing governments to provide better public mental health care, something that really would save lives?
PS Do you really think attacking Nitschke with lines like “what kind of a doctor is he, anyway” is going to persuade anyone?
ELSEWHERE: Looks like the Right to Life mob are going to have a protest march for outright lies in and shameless exaggerations of abortion statistics on Saturday October 9. I think attending a counter-protest might be a good idea.