Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Gee, I Thought That You Were Supposed To Euthanize People ONLY When They Wanted It

Hot off the presses of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, confirmation of what many of us have known all along – they’re euthanizing people (in this case in Belgium) who never asked for it, never wanted it, and never saw it coming. So much for making sure this didn’t happen by legalizing euthanasia.
Physician-assisted deaths under the euthanasia law in Belgium: a population-based survey
. . . Use of life-ending drugs without an explicit request mostly involved patients 80 years of older, those with a disease other than cancer and those in hospital. Of the deaths without an explicit request, the decision was not discussed with the patient in 77.9% of cases. more

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