Out-of-control reasons for assisted suicide illuminate danger

This article was published by OneNewsNow on August 6, 2015

By Charlie Butts

Alex Schadenberg

Alex Schadenberg

Switzerland exemplifies why experts on physician-assisted suicide believe the solution is to not legalize it in the first place.

A 75-year-old retired nurse from the United Kingdom was in excellent health but decided she didn't want to grow any older - so she traveled to Switzerland last month, visited a suicide clinic, and died on July 21. Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition tells OneNewsNow that recent incident is not an isolated case.

“There was a case of cousins who were both elderly and who were living together, and they decided they just didn't want to live anymore so they went to Switzerland,” he describes. “There was the case of the guy from Italy who had a wrong medical diagnosis. He died by assisted suicide in Switzerland. No one bothered to check the medical records. And then there's the case of a woman from Italy who just decided she didn't like how she looked anymore.”

Schadenberg points to these cases to illustrate the out-of-control concept of assisted suicide, which he says is the logical end of permitting someone to cause your death. Proponents would call it freedom, but Schadenberg says that's not true at all.

“So once you open the door, once you say it's okay to cause somebody's death, the only question that remains is Under what circumstances is it OK?” he says. “That's all that's left to decide. And so in Switzerland, the [list of allowable circumstances] just continues to expand, as it has in Belgium, the Netherlands, and even somewhat in Oregon.”

Schadenberg says the only way to prevent similar occurrences elsewhere is to not legalize the practice to begin with.