Former euthanasia supporter warns against 'slippery slope' in legalization
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
7/11/2014 (3 years ago)
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Theo Boer, a veteran European watchdog in assisted suicide cases is sternly warning the United Kingdom to not legalize euthanasia. He says that legalizing assisted suicide is a "slippery slope" towards the widespread killing of the sick.
Dr. Theo Boer says that in his native Netherlands, where euthanasia has been legal since 2002, deaths have doubled in just six years. This year's total may reach a record 6,000.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Don't do it, Britain," Boer said. "Once the genie is out of the bottle, it is not likely ever to go back in again."
Boer says that in his native Netherlands, where euthanasia has been legal since 2002, deaths have doubled in just six years. This year's total may reach a record 6,000.
Let's all pray that people make the right decision --
Boer's intervention comes as peers prepare to debate the Assisted Dying Bill, promoted by Lord Falconer, a Labor former Lord Chancellor.
The bill would allow doctors to prescribe poison to people who are terminally ill, that are yet mentally alert who wish to end their lives.
An academic in the field of ethics, Boer had argued seven years ago that a "good euthanasia law" would produce relatively low numbers of deaths.
He now says he believes that due to the very existence of a euthanasia law, assisted suicide has gone from a last resort and into a normal procedure.
A "slippery slope," Boer warned for assisted dying in Britain would mean that euthanasia would follow the same path as abortion, which was legalized in 1967.
In the United Kingdom, there are now nearly 200,000 abortions annually. Anti-euthanasia campaigners and disability activists called on politicians to listen to the professor's warning.
"What Dr. Boer says comes as no surprise," Paralympian, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, said. "An assisted dying law is playing with fire, especially when there are no safeguards in place. Lord Falconer's bill just isn't fit for purpose."
Baroness Jane Campbell, who is a disability rights campaigner, added: "As happens in Holland, Lord Falconer's bill could end up encompassing significant numbers of seriously ill people."
Euthanasia is now becoming so prevalent in the Netherlands, Professor Boer said, that it is "on the way to becoming a default mode of dying for cancer patients."
Boer is concerned that euthanasia will soon extend to the killing of new classes of people, including the demented and the depressed, with the establishment of mobile death units of "travelling euthanizing doctors."
Activists, Professor Boer said, continue to campaign for doctor-administered death to be made ever easier and "will not rest" until a lethal pill is made available to anyone over 70 who wishes to die.
"Some slopes truly are slippery," he added.
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