Assisted Suicide Court Case Ironic and Tragic in the Midst of Xenophobia Murders

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Such a case will be one of national significance, with numerous interested parties wishing to make representations including the health professions, religious groups, traditional leaders, various public interest NGOs, and organisations for people with disabilities who may wish to join as “friends of the court”‘. All of these will want time to prepare a response. It thus appears opportunistic to hope to have the case heard with such urgency and it would be reckless for the court to agree to such short time frames.

 

Doctors for Life International (DFL) will be opposing Dignity SA’s application, and have instructed their attorneys to do so. DFL has requested Dignity SA to cite DFL as a respondent. For the full DFL press release click here.

There is a world of difference between allowing a person to die naturally, letting nature take its course, and making someone die through, for example, a lethal injection. Doctor assisted suicide violates the foundational ethic – ‘first do no harm’ of medical practitioners that has been so for well over a millennium. The Hippocratic Oath includes the promise ‘to abstain from doing harm’.

Dutch professor Theo Boer, a former euthanasia supporter in Holland, told the House of Lords, in London last year (2014), that he had been ‘terribly wrong’ to support assisted suicide. Professor Boer declared that the very existence of a euthanasia law turns assisted suicide from a last resort into a normal procedure. The Utrecht University academic said that Holland is heading towards a record 6,000 euthanasia deaths in 2014.

In Belgium, euthanasia is meant to be only carried out by a doctor, and with the patient's consent. However, more than 100 nurses had admitted to researchers that they had taken part in terminations without either the request, or consent, from the patient, or their relatives! Investigations have shown that nurses regularly go well beyond their legal role, and that one fifth of nurses in Belgium admitted being involved in the "assisted suicide of a patient" even though half of them had not even requested it!

Pro-life groups uphold the sanctity of life – that every life is valuable to God, from conception to natural death.”

Euthanasia devalues the weak and the elderly. Compassion and support are needed for those who are ill, or depressed - not euthanasia!

"Keep yourself far from a false matter; do not kill the innocent and righteous. For I will not justify the wicked." Exodus 23:7

When a country devalues it’s most helpless and innocent citizens, pre-born babies, and allows them to be slaughtered in their millions, it is no wonder that all other life is treated as cheap.It is an urgent priority for the Church to expose, oppose, and end the slaughter of pre-born babies, the victims of xenophobia and the vulnerable in danger of euthanasia.

Please pray for and support Doctors For Life as they oppose the attempt by pro-euthanasia group Dignity SA to legalise assisted suicide (euthanasia) through the courts.

Write a Letter to the Editor of your local newspaper. Click here for the email addresses of most newspapers in SA.

View highlights from the E TV euthanasia debate that Taryn participated in last year here, or the full ETV debate here.

See also:

A Christian Response to Xenophobia

Tutu’s Call for Euthanasia will Fuel Prejudice

Pro-life Articles

Taryn Hodgson

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