Monday, June 7, 2010

In Belgium: No, It's Not Death With Dignity - It's Cold Blooded Murder

Forgive my chuckle at this research from the Canadian Medical Association Journal, which reports that in Belgium, in spite of all the “transparency,” “legal checks,” etc., not only are doctors sometimes the killers, but nurses as well, and surprise, surprise, a whole bunch of people were killed without ever having requested it. This, in a sane world, is called murder. Ah, but the pro-deathers call it ”death with dignity.” Aren’t we lucky??
The role of nurses in physician-assisted deaths in Belgium
. . . Overall, 128 nurses reported having cared for a patient who received euthanasia and 120 for a patient who received life-ending drugs without his or her explicit request. . . . life-ending drugs were administered by the nurse in 12% of the cases of euthanasia, as compared with 45% of the cases of assisted death without an explicit request. In both types of assisted death, the nurses acted on the physician’s orders but mostly in the physician’s absence. . . . Interpretation: By administering the life-ending drugs in some of the cases of euthanasia, and in almost half of the cases without an explicit request from the patient, the nurses in our study operated beyond the legal margins of their profession. more

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