Lifesite News 20 Feb 2013
A new book by Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC), challenges the myth that vulnerable people are not at risk under euthanasia and assisted suicide legislation. Using only data gathered from peer reviewed journal articles and studies, Schadenberg proves this assertion false in Exposing Vulnerable People to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, published in Australia/New Zealand through Connor Court Publishing. The book examines the data concerning euthanasia deaths without request, unreported euthanasia deaths, and the experience of nurses with euthanasia in Belgium. The book also examines the most recent statistics concerning the practice of euthanasia in the Netherlands. Exposing Vulnerable People exposes how false and misleading reports are being used in other jurisdictions to support the legalization of euthanasia and assisted suicide.
In the foreword to the Australian edition, Commonwealth Parliament of Australia MP Kevin Andrews said, “If a law is to be valid, it must protect vulnerable people. Regrettably, euthanasia laws fail this basic test.” “The idea that there are lives unworthy to be lived is dangerous,” he said. “The ‘slippery slope’ is not imaginary. It exists – and despite the efforts of euthanasia sympathizers – it cannot be wished away.” Maggie Barry, MP in the Parliament of New Zealand, pointed out that “Alex Schadenberg’s comprehensive analysis of studies from countries where euthanasia is legal reveals disturbing evidence of inaccurate and misleading conclusions. “He uncovers proof,” Barry said, “that vulnerable people, including the elderly, the depressed and those with disabilities are very adversely affected when assisted suicide is legalised. His findings also raise significant concerns about the manipulation and abuse of the reporting process and the ‘slippery slope’ reality of state sanctioned intentional killing.” “This book spells out the chilling consequences and I would recommend it as required reading for legislators and commentators who may be contemplating changing our laws,” Barry concluded.
Belgium mulls euthanasia law for minors
Sydney Morning Herald 21 Feb 2013
Belgian legislators are debating whether to amend the decade-old law allowing euthanasia to include minors. Experts have told parliament that euthanasia among minors was already taking place, but without any set guidelines. Currently, the law applies to those over 18, but one expert told the upper house of parliament that it was clear that euthanasia was being carried out on younger people, the Belga news agency reported. …Professor Chris Van Geet of Leuven University, said the proposed changes pose “an enormous ethical problem”.