Is denying someone a death wrong?

The architect of voluntary euthanasia legislation in Holland is touring New Zealand saying if life is a gift from God then it may be returned by the owner.

Dr Rob Jonquiere has spoken at several gatherings over the past two weeks on a speaking tour about the right to choose death in the end stages of incurable and painful illnessIn Whangarei, Dr Jonquiere was challenged as having “dubious ethics” and being “a murderer” for helping patients die at their request.

When one person declared life to be “God’s sacred gift” the doctor was applauded when he agreed “that life is indeed a gift and that a gift may be graciously returned with thanks”.

“Medically assisted dying completes the continuum of end-of-life care,” Dr Jonquiere.

He said people made choices throughout their adult lives – whom to marry, where to live and work, how to raise children, etc.

“Why can’t we choose to die when the alternative is a living death?”

A living death, which oftentimes is a living hell. ?

“In the Netherlands, palliative care is integrated in the health care system.”

Dr Jonquiere said about 70 per cent of people who request voluntary euthanasia in Holland never go through with it – either their requests are denied, or they die naturally.

“Knowing in the end there will be a process to be assisted to die in a dignified, humane way … they could bear more suffering than they ever expected.”

Canada’s Supreme Court, earlier this month, issued a unanimous decision clearing a path for physicians to provide life-ending medication to competent adults with a ‘grievous and irremediable medical condition’.

The Canadian decision struck down laws banning doctors from taking part in ending a patient’s life. The court said current bans violated rights of life, liberty and security as protected by Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

New Zealand’s Voluntary Euthanasia Society is circulating a petition asking Parliament to investigate public attitudes toward the introduction of similar legislation.

We put suffering animals down and we call it “humane”. ?Yet we can’t seem to agree on making people due a long, painful and undignified “natural” death. ? To help them die would be … less than human somehow?

Feel blessed if you have never been in a situation where you see someone you deeply love in agony. ?You will never feel as powerless. ?You will never feel anything other than the wish for it to end, and soon.

People who do not agree with a way to achieve a dignified death are selfish. ?And not humane.


– NZ Herald