By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC
If assisted suicide advocates get their way, Canada will have suicide clinics in major cities the way it has Tim Horton coffee houses. An amicus brief in the British (the fix is in) Columbia lawsuit to create a right to be made dead, looks to Switzerland as the model. From the Globe and Mail story:
The Farewell Foundation, one of several groups intervening in the case in support of the applicants, argues that the Swiss system should be adopted in Canada. The application states there are multiple safeguards built into the system, including the requirement that a patient must be mentally competent, must undergo medical assessment, must have a hopeless medical prognosis, and must be suffering unbearably. Once a prescription for a lethal dose of sodium pentobarbital has been issued, the patient must “express a wish to end his or her life” on the day of the assisted suicide, and then the “ultimate act of taking the medication at issue must be performed by the individual.”
Let’s examine the Swiss “model,” shall we? Here’s the thing, Switzerland — which outlaws the flushing of a live goldfish down the toilet — has become a pro suicide culture. In fact, it is pure Kevorkianism because people travel to suicide clinics established there (“suicide tourism”), not to be treated by a doctor or palliated in their suffering, but solely to get access to a poisonous overdose. Let’s take a look at a few details, shall we?
- Assisted Suicide is not limited to people suffering from a malady. It only prevents assisted suicide for “a selfish motive;”
- Euthanasia has been permitted by a Swiss court ruling:
- It’s Supreme Court created a constitutional right to assisted suicide for the mentally ill;
- Active elderly, afraid of future decline, have received assisted suicide, an approach urged on by a Canadian assisted suicide activist.
- Elderly couples have committed joint suicide — an approach to avoiding grief supported by a notable Canadia assisted suicide advocate;
- Disabled people receive assisted suicide;
- Hundreds of urns containing the ashes of assisted suicide victims, or at least which bore the logo of Dignitas’ cremation company, were thrown in a lake;
- Ludwig Minelli, owner of Dignitas, has gotten rich from assisting suicides at about $9000 a death.
- Mobile suicide clinics may soon bring death into nursing homes;
If Canada opens suicide clinics, it won’t be — nor do advocates want it to be — limited to the terminally ill. The very force of human logic will lead directly to assisted suicide on demand and euthanasia if someone can’t do the deed themselves — just as it has — and is doing — in Switzerland.
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