Thursday, May 26, 2011

Pro-Death Arguments Undercut Good Palliative Care

I agree here - palliative care, already in need of better support, is damaged by the assisted suicide/euthanasia movement if for no other reason that palliative care can relieve end of life suffering while the pro-deathers insist that death should do the job.
Euthanasia undermines palliative care, not complements it
The Australian Christian Lobby has rejected claims by euthanasia advocates that palliative care can complement euthanasia.
The ACL’s Chief of Staff Lyle Shelton said the group’s suggestion that palliative care would go hand in hand with euthanasia was misleading.
“Legalising euthanasia is likely to take away the imperative for Governments to adequately fund palliative care, which is where our efforts as a society should be concentrated as we seek to provide dignity at the end of life,” he said. more

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