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  • moral truths are necessary in evolution of law
    academics they can no longer offer a moral defense of those rights Worse than that they have talked themselves into premises quite at odds with the premises of the American Founders They have talked themselves out of the premises on which their own freedom rests Judges in our own time have shifted radically from the understanding of the Founders because they no longer profess to understand what constitutes a man The judges in our own day profess to be far less certain about the meaning of nature and man They are more disposed to leave to the political process the power to resolve that question of what constitutes a person or a human life But in the name of philosophic doubt the judges have concluded that because there is no objective standard of what constitutes a human being the decision will be left in the hands of people with political power And when they flex their power in reaching a judgment that judgment will be tested by no standard of right or wrong apart from power itself Indeed who is to pronounce on the question if there are no right answers And who is to say that self interest may not be a sufficient and defensible ground for the taking of a life even the life of an innocent being if there is no ground on which to say that self interest is any better or worse as a standard of judgment than anything else If there are no moral truths no ground of right and wrong law itself turns simply into a system of power without the least pretense of finding a moral justification for itself The professors in the law schools know that the law is about power and they insist that there are no foundations for moral judgment Their aspiration then is to become possessed of political power or the powers of the law And once possessed of that power the object is to use it for their own ends without moral inhibitions or without at least those fairy tales that were offered in the past to the gullible as the moral law Americans have come to talk themselves out of the premises of the American Founders and Lincoln They have done it even while they have had the impression that that they have been expanding their constitutional rights In the name of privacy and autonomy they have unfolded since 1965 vast new claims of liberty all of them bound up in some way with the notion of sexual freedom Americans have had the impression that that they have been expanding their constitutional rights In the name of privacy and autonomy In the first steps there was a liberty for married couples but then soon for unmarried people to have unregulated access to contraceptives Next the claim of privacy was extended into a private right to end a pregnancy or destroy a child in the womb at any time in a pregnancy for virtually any reason That

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  • Hitler
    spina bifida a disabling birth defect affecting the spinal column and even those who are simply bored with life can be killed by their doctor UTRECHT January 11 2005 The Royal Dutch Medical Association has concluded after a three year investigation that Dutch doctors ought to be able to kill patients who are not ill but who are judged to be suffering through living see http www chninternational com why guidelines for euthanasia wi htm DUTCH 20GUIDELINES 20FOR 20EUTHANASIA A0 Let us not forget euthanasia began in increments and it began with doctors killing the disabled Please read MEDICAL SCIENCE UNDER DICTATORSHIP by Dr Leo Alexander it is timely classic read that deserves serious consideration by those who believe safe guards will prevent abuse whether it is euthanasia or Physician assisted suicide Go to http www chninternational com leo alexander htm Vermont legislators foresaw the dangers in the PAS bill see below Editor C HN Lawmakers Vote Down Physician Assisted Suicide Bill Legislators Say Too Much Unresolved On Bill Vermont lawmakers voted down a bill that would have allowed terminally ill patients to end their own lives with a physician s help The house voted 82 63 against the legislation

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  • Cardinal Clemens von Galen
    men and women section 211 of the Reich Penal Code is still valid It states He who deliberately kills another person will be punished by death for murder if the killing is premeditated Those patients who are destined to be killed are transported away from home to a distant asylum presumably in order to protect those who deliberately kill those poor people members of our families from this legal punishment Some illness is then given as the cause of death Since the corpse has been burnt straight away the relatives and also the criminal police are unable to establish whether the illness really occurred and what the cause of death was However I have been assured that the Reich Interior Ministry and the office of the Reich Doctors Leader Dr Conti make no bones about the fact that in reality a large number of mentally ill people in Germany have been deliberately killed and more will be killed in the future The Penal Code lays down in section 139 He who receives credible information concerning the intention to commit a crime against life and neglects to alert the authorities or the person who is threatened in time will be punished When I learned of the intention to transport patients from Marienthal in order to kill them I brought a formal charge at the State Court in M ü nster and with the Police President in M ü nster by means of a registered letter which read as follows According to information which I have received in the course of this week a large number of patients from the Marienthal Provincial Asylum near M ü nster are to be transported to the Eichberg asylum as so called unproductive national comrades and will then soon be deliberately killed as is generally believed has occurred with such transports from other asylums Since such an action is not only contrary to the moral laws of God and Nature but also is punishable with death as murder under section 211 of the Penal Code I hereby bring a charge in accordance with my duty under section 139 of the Penal Code and request you to provide immediate protection for the national comrades threatened in this way by taking action against those agencies who are intending their removal and murder and that you inform me of the steps that have been taken I have received no news concerning intervention by the Prosecutor s Office or by the police Thus we must assume that the poor helpless patients will soon be killed For what reason Not because they have committed a crime worthy of death Not because they attacked their nurses or orderlies so that the latter had no other choice but to use legitimate force to defend their lives against their attackers Those are cases where in addition to the killing of an armed enemy in a just war the use of force to the point of killing is allowed and is often required No it

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  • DR
    selective necrosis of the germinal cells of the testicles as well as the ovary The development of methods for rapid and inconspicuous individual execution was the objective of another large part of the ktenologic research These methods were to be applied to members of the ruling group including the SS itself who were suspected of disloyalty This of course is an essential requirement in a dictatorship in which cut throat competition becomes a grim reality and any hint of faintheartedness or lack of enthusiasm for the methods of totalitarian rule is considered a threat to the entire group Poisons were the subject of many of these experiments A research team at the Buchenwald concentration camp consisting of Drs Joachim Mrugowsky Erwin Ding Schuler and Waldemar Hoven developed the most widely used means of individual execution under the guise of medical treatment namely the intravenous injection of phenol or gasoline Several alkaloids were also investigated among them aconitine which was used by Dr Hoven to kill several imprisoned former fellow SS men who were potential witnesses against the camp commander Koch then under investigation by the SS At the Dachau concentration camp Dr Rascher developed the standard cyanide capsules which could be easily bitten through either deliberately or accidentally if mixed with certain foods and which ironically enough later became the means with which Himmler and Goering killed themselves In connection with these poison experiments there is an interesting incident of characteristic sociologic significance When Dr Hoven was under trial by the SS the investigating SS judge Dr Morgen proved Hoven s guilt by feeding the poison found in Dr Hoven s possession to a number of Russian prisoners of war these men died with the same symptoms as the SS men murdered by Dr Hoven This worthy judge was rather proud of this efficient method of proving Dr Hoven s guilt and appeared entirely unaware of the fact that in the process he had committed murder himself Poisons however proved too obvious or detectable to be used for the elimination of high ranking Nazi party personnel who had come into disfavor or of prominent prisoners whose deaths should appear to stem from natural causes Phenol or gasoline for instance left a telltale odor with the corpses For this reason a number of more subtle methods were devised One of these was artificial production of septicemia An intramuscular injection of 1 cc of pus containing numerous chains of streptococci was the first step The site of injection was usually the inside of the thigh close to the adductor canal When an abscess formed it was tapped and 3 cc of the creamey pus removed was injected intravenously into the patient s opposite arm If the patient then died from septicemia the autopsy proved that death was caused by the same organism that had caused the abscess These experiments were carried out in many concentration camps At Dachau camp the subjects were almost exclusively Polish Catholic priests However since this method did not always cause death sometimes resulting merely in a local abscess it was considered inefficient and research was continued with other means but along the same lines The final triumph of the part of ktenologic research aimed at finding a method of inconspicuous execution that would produce autopsy findings indicative of death from natural causes was the development of repeated intravenous injections of suspensions of live tubercle bacilli which brought on acute miliary tuberculosis within a few weeks This method was produced by Professor Dr Heissmeyer who was one of Dr Gebhardt s associates at the SS hospital of Hohenlychen As a means of further camouflage so that the SS at large would not suspect the purpose of these experiments the preliminary tests for the efficacy of this method were performed exclusively on children imprisoned in the Neuengamme concentration camp For use in medical executions of prisoners and of members of the SS and other branches of the German armed forces the use of simple lethal injections particularly phenol injections remained the instrument of choice Whatever methods he used the physician gradually became the unofficial executioner for the sake of convenience informality and relative secrecy Even on German submarines it was the physician s duty to execute the troublemakers among the crew by lethal injections Medical science has for some time been an instrument of military power in that it preserved the health and fighting efficiency of troops This essentially defensive purpose is not inconsistent with the ethical principles of medicine In World War I the German empire had enlisted medical science as an instrument of aggressive military power by putting it to use in the development of gas warfare It was left to the Nazi dictatorship to make medical science into an instrument of political power a formidable essential tool in the complete and effective manipulation of totalitarian control This should be a warning to all civilized nations and particularly to individuals who are blinded by the efficiency of a totalitarian rule under whatever name This entire body of research as reported so far served the master crime to which the Nazi dictatorship was committed namely the genocide of non German peoples and the elimination by killing in groups or singly of Germans who were considered useless or disloyal In effecting the two parts of this program Himmler demanded and received the co operation of physicians and of German medical science The result was a significant advance in the science of killing or ktenology Medico military Research Another chapter in Nazi scientific research was that aimed to aid the military forces Many of these ideas originated with Himmler who fancied himself a scientist When Himmler learned that the cause of death of most SS men on the battlefield was hemorrhage he instructed Dr Sigmund Rascher to search for a blood coagulant that might be given before the men went into action Rascher tested this coagulant when it was developed by clocking the number of drops emanating from freshly cut amputation stumps of living and conscious prisoners at the crematorium of Dachau concentration camp and by shooting Russian prisoners of war through the spleen Live dissections were a feature of another experimental study designed to show the effects of explosive decompression 12 14 A mobile decompression chamber was used It was found that when subjects were made to descend from altitudes of 40 000 to 60 000 feet without oxygen severe symptoms of cerebral dysfunction occurred at first convulsions then unconsciousness in which the body was hanging limp and later after wakening temporary blindness paralysis or severe confusional twilight states Rascher who wanted to find out whether these symptoms were due to anoxic changes or to other causes did what appeared to him the most simple thing he placed the subjects of the experiment under water and dissected them while the heart was still beating demonstrating air embolism in the blood vessels of the heart liver chest wall and brain Another part of Dr Rascher s research carried out in collaboration with Holzlochner and Finke concerned shock from exposure to cold 15 It was known that military personnel generally did not survive immersion in the North Sea for more than sixty to a hundred minutes Rascher therefore attempted to duplicate these conditions at Dachau concentration camp and used about 300 prisoners in experiments on shock from exposure to cold of these 80 or 90 were killed The figures do not include persons killed during mass experiments on exposure to cold outdoors In one report on this work Rascher asked permission to shift these experiments from Dachau to Auschwitz a larger camp where they might cause less disturbance because the subjects shrieked from pain when their extremities froze white The results like so many of those obtained in the Nazi research program are not dependable In his report Rascher stated that it took from fifty three to a hundred minutes to kill a human being by immersion in ice water a time closely in agreement with the known survival period in the North Sea Inspection of his own experimental records and statements made to me by his close associates showed that it actually took from eighty minutes to five or six hours to kill an undressed person in such a manner whereas a man in full aviator s dress took six or seven hours to kill Obviously Rascher dressed up his findings to forestall criticism although any scientific man should have known that during actual exposure many other factors including greater convection of heat due to the motion of water would affect the time of survival Another series of experiments gave results that might have been an important medical contribution if an important lead had not been ignored The efficacy of various vaccines and drugs against typhus was tested at the Buchenwald and Natzweiler concentration camps Prevaccinated persons and nonvaccinated controls were injected with live typhus rickettsias and the death rates of the two series compared After a certain number of passages the Matelska strain of typhus rickettsia proved to become avirulent for man Instead of seizing upon this as a possibility to develop a live vaccine the experimenters including the chief consultant Professor Gerhard Rose who should have known better were merely annoyed at the fact that the controls did not die either discarded this strain and continued testing their relatively ineffective dead vaccines against a new virulent strain This incident shows that the basic unconscious motivation and attitude has a great influence in determining the scientist s awareness of the phenomena that pass through his vision Sometimes human subjects were used for tests that were totally unnecessary or whose results could have been predicted by simple chemical experiments For example 90 gypsies were given unaltered sea water and sea water whose taste was camouflaged as their sole source of fluid apparently to test the well known fact that such hypertonic saline solutions given as the only source of supply of fluid will cause severe physical disturbance or death within six to twelve days These persons were subjected to the tortures of the damned with death resulting in at least 2 cases Heteroplastic transplantation experiments were carried out by Professor Dr Karl Gebhardt at Himmler s suggestion Whole limbs shoulder arm or leg were amputated from live prisoners at Ravensbrucck concentration camp wrapped in sterile moist dressings and sent by automobile to the SS hospital at Hohenlychen where Professor Gebhardt busied himself with a futile attempt at heteroplastic transplantation In the meantime the prisoners deprived of limb were usually killed by lethal injection One would not be dealing with German science if one did not run into manifestations of the collector s spirit By February 1942 it was assumed in German scientific circles that the Jewish race was about to be completely exterminated and alarm was expressed over the fact that only very few specimens of skulls and skeletons of Jews were at the disposal of science It was therefore proposed that a collection 150 body casts and skeletons of Jews be preserved for perusal by future students of anthropology Dr August Hirt professor of anatomy at the University of Strassburg declared himself interested in establishing such a collection at his anatomic institute He suggested that captured Jewish officers of the Russian armed forces by included as well as females from Auschwitz concentration camp that they be brought alive to Natzweiler concentration camp near Strassburg and that after their subsequently induced death care should be taken that the heads not be damaged sic the bodies be turned over to him at the anatomic institute of the University of Strassburg This was done The entire collection of bodies and the correspondence pertaining to it fell into the hands of the United States Army One of the most revolting experiments was the testing of sulfonamides against gas gangrene by Professor Gebhardt and his collaborators for which young women captured from the Polish Resistance Movement served as subjects Necrosis was produced in a muscle of the leg by ligation and the wound was infected with various types of gas gangrene bacilli frequently dirt pieces of wood and glass splinters were added to the wound Some of these victims died and others sustained severe mutilating deformities of the leg Motivation An important feature of the experiments performed in concentration camps is the fact that they not only represented a ruthless and callous pursuit of legitimate scientific goals but also were motivated by rather sinister practical ulterior political and personal purposes arising out of the requirements and problems of the administration of totalitarian rule Why did men like Professor Gebhardt lend themselves to such experiments The reasons are fairly simple and practical no surprise to anyone familiar with the evidence of fear hostility suspicion rivalry and intrigue the fratricidal struggle euphemistically termed the self selection of leaders that went on within the ranks of the ruling Nazi party and the SS The answer was fairly simple and logical Dr Gebhardt performed these experiments to clear himself of the suspicion that he had been contributing to the death of SS General Reinhard The Hangman Heydrich either negligently or deliberately by failing to treat his wound infection with sulfonamides After Heydrich died from gas gangrene Himmler himself told Dr Gebhardt that the only way in which he could prove that Heydrich s death was fate determined was by carrying out a large scale experiment in prisoners which would prove or disprove that people died from gas gangrene irrespective of whether they were treated sulfonamides or not Dr Sigmund Rascher did not become the notorious vivisectionist of Dachau concentration camp and the willing tool of Himmler s research interests until he had been forbidden to use the facilities of the Pathological Institute of the University of Munich because he was suspected of having Communist sympathies Then he was ready to go all out and to do anything merely to regain acceptance by the Nazi party and the SS These cases illustrate a method consciously and methodically used in the SS an age old method used by criminal gangs everywhere that of making suspects of disloyalty clear themselves by participation in a crime that would definitely and irrevocably tie them to the organization In the SS this process of reinforcement of group cohesion was called Blukitt blood cement a term that Hitler himself is said to have obtained from a book on Genghis Khan in which this technic was emphasized The important lesson here is that this motivation with which one is familiar in ordinary crimes applies also to war crimes and to ideologically conditioned crimes against humanity namely that fear and cowardice especially fear of punishment or of ostracism by the group are often more important motives than simple ferocity or aggressiveness The Early Change in Medical Attitudes Whatever proportions these crimes finally assumed it became evident to all who investigated them that they had started from small beginnings The beginnings at first were merely a subtle shift in emphasis in the basic attitude of the physicians It started with the acceptance of the attitude basic in the euthanasia movement that there is such a thing as life not worthy to be lived This attitude in its early stages concerned itself merely with the severely and chronically sick Gradually the sphere of those to be included in this category was enlarged to encompass the socially unproductive the ideologically unwanted the racially unwanted and finally all non Germans But it is important to realize that the infinitely small wedged in lever from which this entire trend of mind received its impetus was the attitude toward the nonrehabilitable sick It is therefore this subtle shift in emphasis of the physicians attitude that one must thoroughly investigate It is a recent significant trend in medicine including psychiatry to regard prevention as more important than cure Observation and recognition of early signs and symptoms have become the basis for prevention of further advance of disease 8 In looking for these early signs one may well retrace the early steps of propaganda on the part of the Nazis in Germany as well as in the countries that they overran and in which they attempted to gain supporters by means of indoctrination seduction and propaganda The Example of Successful Resistance by the Physicians of the Netherlands T here is no doubt that in Germany itself the first and most effective step of propaganda within the medical profession was the propaganda barrage against the useless incurably sick described above Similar even more subtle efforts were made in some of the occupied countries It is to the everlasting honour of the medical profession of Holland that they recognized the earliest and most subtle phases of this attempt and rejected it When the Seiss Inquart Reich Commissar for the Occupied Netherlands Territories wanted to draw the Dutch physicians into the orbit of the activities of the German medical profession he did not tell them You must send your chronic patients to death factories at Government request in your offices but he couched his order in most careful and superficially acceptable terms One of the paragraphs in the order of the Reich Commissar of the Netherlands Territories concerning the Netherlands doctors of 19 December 1941 reads as follow It is the duty of the doctor through advice and effort conscientiously and to his best ability to assist as helper the person entrusted to his care in the maintenance improvement and re establishment of his vitality physical efficiency and health The accomplishment of this duty is a public task The physicians of Holland rejected this order unanimously because they saw what it actually meant namely the concentration of their efforts on mere rehabilitation of the sick for useful labour and abolition of medical secrecy Although on the surface the new order appeared not too grossly unacceptable the Dutch physicians decided that it is the first although slight step away from principle that is the most important one The Dutch

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  • Dr Leo Alexander more Links
    www acponline org journals annals 15aug97 naziedit htm http archpedi ama assn org cgi search fulltext nazi medicine This site has a number of articles that relate to nazi medicine and pediatrics http www cmf org uk pubs nucleus nucapr97 nazi htm http www majbill vt edu history jones 3724 S99 books proctor html HIPPOCRATIC OATH INTERESTING INFORMATIVE ARTICLE http www catholic net rcc loveboth chapter37 html BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE ON

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  • The Bell at Hadamar by Fred Ford
    were against the laws of nature They were doing the merciful thing Sound familiar Many have suggested that the moral dilemmas presented by cases such as the murder of Tracy Latimer are new ones In fact when Robert Latimer fashioned his own gas chamber in his pickup truck in Wilkie Saskatchewan he created a microcosm of the Aktion T4 program once again Latimer committed exactly the same act gave precisely the same justification and placed the same dilemma before the public once again Far from being an issue unique to the 1990 s this is the same moral issue raised in Hadamar and judged in Nuremburg The only difference is that Tracy was killed by her own father One of the most disturbing aspects of the Latimer story is the way in which journalists experts and supporters of Latimer have objectified and dehumanized Tracy The media for the most part have been unable or unwilling to portray Tracy in any way that conveys who she was as a person Invariably Tracy is described in terms of her disabilities and her pain She was never described as a 12 year old student who was attending school every day which she was We learned nothing of her personality her gifts or her relationships She was always the severely disabled child who had a mental age of 3 months and never learned to and so on Globe and Mail reporter Margaret Wente carelessly refers to the mercy killing of his horribly disabled daughter accepting at face value the father s justification for his actions and describing Tracy in a grossly offensive and prejudicial way Reporters accepted and repeated without question the Latimer s assertion that Tracy was in constant unremitting pain when there was no evidence that Tracy s condition was different than that of most people who have similar disabilities and many people do Many people with severe cerebral palsy like Tracy s too much muscle tone certainly do experience times of extreme pain but there are also many treatment options death not among them and the potential for a life as rich as anyone s Some would have us believe that Tracy s birth was the real crime that it is an offense to humanity that someone like Tracy was ever born UBC Professor Earl Winkler a leading Canadian ethicist quoted in the Vancouver Sun suggests that the current dilemma might have been avoided by allowing Tracy to die at birth in other words killing Tracy by withholding treatment to her as a newborn as though this would have been an ethical thing to do Also like so many observers even an expert like Winkler confuses Tracy s murder with the euthanasia assisted suicide debate He says you had a 12 year old who couldn t decide for herself yet there is no reason to presume that Tracy ever considered suicide Is this scholarly analysis or merely another pessimistic view of disability masquerading as expert insight Tracy did not have a

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  • State Liberal MP to push death l
    giving terminally ill patients medication to relieve their symptoms knowing that it could also hasten their death Dr Syme has left himself open to prosecution for assisting suicide by admitting he gave terminally ill man Steve Guest medication that may have helped him die Dr Syme says his intent was not to help Mr Guest die but to relieve his suffering Mr Guest had cancer of the oesophagus and took his own life about two years ago Dr Syme says he made the admission to highlight grey areas in the legislation Mr Smith yesterday talked to Ms Morand and Greens MLC Colleen Hartland about the possibility of co sponsoring a private member s bill He said each would speak to their respective parties Such a bill would make it not an offence to confidentially advise a terminally ill person or to assist or support a death Mr Smith said It s got to be at the request of the patient he said I feel very strongly about this I ve seen a lot of people die a lot of people in agony and a lot of people who shouldn t have to put up with pain but they did I just think that something like this would be a worthwhile contribution to my time in Parliament Ms Morand a former nurse said she had discussed the possibility of a private member s bill with Mr Smith but wanted to discuss it with her party before proceeding I am supportive of voluntary euthanasia and have been for a long time but I ve always taken a view that I d like to work within the party she said I ve said to Ken that I would have some further discussions with my colleagues and get back to him Mr Smith s

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  • BMJ 2001
    roasting and boiling surplus Irish babies But he was joking Nitschke is not joking Is this the mellow voice of progressive compassion Surely not It sounds more like the gravelly voice of the compassionate conservativism so beloved of US neocons the guys who brought democracy to Iraq along with thousands of civilian deaths Death has lost its existential meaning for Nitschke Instead it has become an opportunity to market books about his lethal gizmos over the internet This is not a future that Australian progressives should want to be part of Michael Cook is editor of the international bioethics newsletter BioEdge and the internet magazine MercatorNet http www brisbanetimes com au news opinion death for sale is a step into the dark 2007 05 08 1178390305175 html Last Update Wednesday May 9 2007 11 04am AEST BMJ 2001 322 315 10 February News Doctor sets up how to die workshops in New Zealand by Christopher Zinn Sydney The controversial Australian voluntary euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke is planning to extend his activities abroad by setting up clinics and how to die workshops in New Zealand But Dr Nitschke who helped four terminally ill patients to legally kill themselves before the euthanasia laws in Northern Territory were overturned in 1997 is not leaving Australia He is also setting up a laboratory in Darwin to which people can send samples of out of date prescription drugs such as barbiturates to find out if they are lethal It is a common thing for people to be stockpiling drugs in case they come in handy one day to end their lives peacefully should the occasion arise he said Dr Nitschke who qualified in medicine at the age of 42 after an earlier doctorate in physics is back in the news after Sydney police said they wanted to interview him about the apparent overdose of a 72 year old woman with cancer Norma Hall a member of the Voluntary Euthanasia Society reportedly died after drinking a bottle of morphine prescribed by palliative care staff Dr Nitschke who was with her has denied assisting her suicide which is illegal Dr Nitschke said that he would apply for New Zealand medical registration and merely be advising patients on questions that they wanted answered Counselling aiding or abetting suicide is illegal and has the same penalty as manslaughter I won t be advising people to commit suicide at all he said of his initial two week visit when he will hold consultations with 16 patients The New Zealand Medical Association which is opposed to euthanasia said there was nothing it could do to stop him But the Doctors For Life group is seeking legal advice If we know he is giving specific advice to people then there will be grounds to move said the group s president Dr Kevin Fitzsimons SOURCE http www bmj com cgi content full 322 7282 315 a Tuesday January 21 2001 Dr Philip Nitschke Australia mercy killing Dr Philip Nitschke previously helped four

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