Euthanasia backers cite fear of burdening others
ONE News 27 July 2012
Healthy pro-euthanasia pensioners would rather cut their lives short than be a financial drain on society, a study shows. Auckland University researchers interviewed 11 healthy men and women aged between 69 and 89 on why they supported voluntary euthanasia. Reasons included not wanting to be a burden on their families and healthcare resources and fears of losing their independence and dignity… One woman, who looked after her dying mother more than 50 years ago, said: “I was the last one to get married so she lived with me . . . “I just feel that I don’t want to be a burden on my children. And when I get old, I don’t want them to have to look after me; it’s too hard for them . . .”
…Anti-euthanasia group Family Life International said passing a law to legalise voluntary euthanasia would open a “gigantic Pandora’s box” for the sick and disabled. “Euthanasia preys on the vulnerable members of society who feel obliged to die rather than impact on the lives of others,” spokesman Brendan Roberts said. All participants of the study were European and members of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society, which supports legal medical assistance in dying. Six had no religious affiliation and the others identified as atheist, Baptist, Quaker or agnostic Christian. The study, ‘I wouldn’t want to become a nuisance under any circumstance’, is published in the New Zealand Medical Journal today.