Critics say laws that legalize assisted suicide abandon the vulnerable

Critics say laws that legalize assisted suicide abandon the vulnerable

 

Recently, doctors in the Netherlands allowed a Dutch 17 year old girl suffering from depression to starve herself to death.  And while the details are still under investigation, it is certainly clear that the system in the Netherlands failed her.  In the Netherlands, euthanasia is permitted in cases of “hopeless and unbearable” suffering.  Children as young as 12 can seek euthanasia under Dutch law.

What we’ve seen in Canada and some European countries like the Netherlands is that it’s a short distance from prescribing lethal drugs for the terminally ill to approving them for mental pain.

Assisted suicide laws abandon vulnerable people and remove society’s care at a time when it’s needed most.  Legalizing assisted suicide perpetuates the idea that some lives are not worth living and where do you logically draw the line?

But we need look no further than America to see how these laws abandon vulnerable patients because the supposed safeguards are hollow and unenforceable.   People with mental illness receiving lethal prescriptions is happening right here in the US.  For example, a man named Michael Freeland, who had a 40 year history of depression and suicidal ideation, was able to get the medication.

A 2006 study conducted in Oregon and published in the British Medical Journal found that 25% of patients requesting assisted suicide were clinically depressed, and several of those patients went on to receive the lethal medication anyway.

We don’t have to go down this road in America. This is the wrong road as is evident from this tragic case of this young woman.  What happened to protecting vulnerable people?

Watch Kristen Hanson’s interview with Tucker Carlson here…