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Elderly People Beware

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2009/03/07

I have warned many people that legalizing doctor-assisted suicide would be a fast ride down the proverbial slippery slope.  But of course the advocates laughed at me, accusing me of being an alarmist.  I said that elderly people in Holland, where assisted suicide has been legal for many years, were being euthanized without their consent.  The doctors “knew” it was best for the patients.  And, of course, nobody believed me.

As the idea of legalizing doctor-assisted suicide has become more desirable in parts of the US, none of the “regular” people I debated with believed such a thing as non-consentual doctor-assisted suicide (murder) could ever happen here.   As I talked about doctors telling patients the medical care wouldn’t be covered, but euthanasia would, I was loudly dismissed as a nut-case.

According to Fox News, they were wrong.

Since the spread of his prostate cancer, 53-year-old Randy Stroup of Dexter, Ore., has been in a fight for his life. Uninsured and unable to pay for expensive chemotherapy, he applied to Oregon’s state-run health plan for help.

Lane Individual Practice Association (LIPA), which administers the Oregon Health Plan in Lane County, responded to Stroup’s request with a letter saying the state would not cover Stroup’s pricey treatment, but would pay for the cost of physician-assisted suicide.

And the rapid slide has already begun.  It’s too expensive to take care of your illness, so why don’t you go ahead and kill yourself?  That’s what we want our doctors telling us?  Really?


One Response to “Elderly People Beware”

  1. Foxfier said

    Next time you need to be depressed, go read Mr. Smith’s blog, “secondhand smoke.”

    He covers bio-ethics.


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