The West is quickly becoming a pro-suicide culture
We are quickly becoming a pro-suicide culture–indeed to the point now that organizations like the Hemlock Society Compassion and Choices, bioethicists, and the mainstream media promote suicide by self-starvation as the new big thing in making oneself dead.
by Wesley J. Smith | Source: lifesitenews
Nitschke is one of the international rock stars of euthanasia advocacy. He is also its most candid.
He believes that everyone owns their own body absolutely and thus have a right to suicide whenever
they want and for whatever reason. Indeed, he told NRO’s Kathryn Lopez that suicide pills should
even be made
available to “troubled teens.”
I clashed with Nitschke in Australia
when I traveled the country on an anti-euthanasia tour in 2001. First, I busted him for the above
assertion. It created a media fire storm.
While there, I also made front
page news by revealing that he was importing and distributing suicide bags. I am proud to say, my
effort led to the passage of a law that forced Nitschke to move his suicide industry offshore. It
was one of my most successful public advocacy campaigns.
medical authorities want him struck off as a doctor because of the suicide of a healthy but
depressed man which he facilitated. What. Took. Them. So. Long?
troubled teens and other young people, a study showed that many used his favorite method of
suicide–and Nitschke doesn’t care. From
by anti-euthanasia campaigner Paul Russell:
It is this supposed right-to-die that is the false over-arching
philosophy by which the death of a young person can be somehow ‘rationalised’ by Nitschke and Exit.
In 2010, in response to a Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine Report showing that two thirds of
deaths in the preceding decade using the Exit drug-of-choice, Nembutal, were for people under the
age of 50 with nearly one-third being younger than 40 and six being in their
Nitschke said: ”There will be some casualties … but this has to be
balanced with the growing pool of older people who feel immense wellbeing from having access to this
information.” Tell that to the families of the two men featured in the 7:30 Report! Suicide
prevention should never accept the notion of acceptable
Nitschke just oozes compassion, doesn’t
But it isn’t just Nitschke. All suicide promoters know–or should
know–that their work will lead to the suicides of some people who are not the prime targets of their
advocacy. And they don’t care.
For example, Derek Humphry’s New York Times
best selling how-to-commit-suicide book Final Exit–what does that tell you about our degrading
culture!–has been found next
to the dead bodies of troubled teens
, and he could not care much
Compassion and Choices pushes self-starvation for people tired of
life, not just the sick.
In Belgium elderly couples receive joint
euthanasia and a psychiatric patient sexually exploited by her psychiatrist was killed by another
psychiatrist. And the world shrugs its shoulders.
Most assisted suicide
promoters know that there will be deadly consequences from their advocacy–I mean beyond the suicides
they support, and it doesn’t matter. They want what they want and don’t care who gets
The rest of us should care, but increasingly, we don’t. Why? As I
wrote above, we are quickly becoming a pro-suicide culture.
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