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  • the ultimate value We must consider the outcome if physicians are permitted to assist in the killing of their consenting patients upon request Legalized euthanasia would replace caring and curing There would be no incentive to seek cures for the diseases that plague us such as cancer and AIDS nor remedies to improve pain control and hospice care Legalized euthanasia would undermine the patient physician relationship People have traditionally trusted physicians as healers and helpers Legalizing euthanasia however would destroy the physician patient relationship Legalized euthanasia would lead to coercion and the killing of people who do not choose to die Patients who are poor elderly disabled suffering from diseases may be pressured to choose the lethal injection or they may feel compelled to spare society from the financial strain Once euthanasia is legalized all persons are at risk adults suffering from severe depression senility mental illness Alzheimer s disease infants who are born handicapped and children who are mentally handicapped or dying If euthanasia is legalized no one will be safe Our health care systems across the nation have maintained high standards in the delivery of quality care and we must continue to strive to give quality care to

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  • Alan Keyes - Euthanasia, Physician-assisted suicide
    terribly important We can t forget the worst possibilities of human nature Abortion and Euthanasia are not peace issues he said They are war issues Who will have the sword to execute these decisions he asked As society nears the end of the 20th century it has been forwarned about these issues he said German doctors and lawyers in the 1920 s argued for euthanasia and assisted suicide They exemplified an intellectual arrogance that set the foundation that later was expanded upon by Adolph Hitler and the Nazis during the 1930 s The German people reasoned their way into the Holocaust Keyes said The argument was laid down by Germany s courts and intellectuals much as it is being down in America today It is the age old struggle of the princes versus the people the elites versus ordinary citizens he said Most of us will always end up on the wrong side of power Keyes said Only a few will have it Keyes said it ultimately comes down to the question of equality We are all equal in a moral sense The principle that sustains such equality at least in America is the statement in the Declaration of Independence that All men are created equal Unalienable doesn t mean somene can t take it away Keyes said It means we can t give it away It comes from a power beyond our control If we claim the power to take our own lives then we have given that same power to someone else he said Conquerors and dominators will assume power over our lives Keyes said people must surrender to a higher authority God In the bank of divine authority the money is human rights If people carry that money in their possession then society is susceptible to its

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/keyes.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Father William Bray - Euthanasia
    Father William Bray Editorials Supreme Court Euthanasia Crusade for Life Catholics Take Sides Return to the Euthanasia Home Page

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/bray.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Dr. Laura Schlessinger on Assisted Suicide
    dramatically since I ve become religious Ten years ago if you were dying and wanted an overdose I would have thought nothing of getting out the Kool Aid I was wrong We can delude ourselves into thinking that we re doing the right thing because we call it compassion Life is God s gift and we don t have the right to usurp that With all our technology we can

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/laura.html (2016-02-14)
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  • National Right to Life Committee Comments on Kevorkian Conviction
    a duty to die said Burke Balch J D Director of the Department of Medical Ethics at the National Right to Life Committee Derek Humphry founder of the Hemlock Society America s leading pro euthanasia group has suggested in a book published late last year that there may be a duty to die responsibility within the family unit that should remain voluntary but expected nonetheless Persons with chronic conditions account for a disproportionately large share of health care use both services and supplies Humphry wrote that economics not the quest for broadened individual liberties or increased autonomy will drive assisted suicide to the plateau of acceptable practice On December 3 1997 Faye Girsh Executive Director of Hemlock USA said that even in cases where a person is incapable of making decisions and has never asked to be killed A judicial determination should be made when it is necessary to hasten the death of an individual whether it be a demented parent a suffering severely disabled spouse or a child Girsh later said that position was not endorsed by the Hemlock Society USA and was mentioned as one suggestion about the question of ending suffering but noted that it was developed

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/guilty3.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: Seven Reasons Why They Should Not Be Legalized Gormally
    are helping no longer has a worthwhile life Their behaviour would not be sufficiently explained if one were to say that they were acting out of friendship or out of compassion For how could the motives of the person assisting in suicide be described as friendship or compassion if they were not informed by the thought that the person intending to kill himself would be better off dead If one thought this person could continue to have a worthwhile life it would hardly be an act of friendship for example to help him kill himself So there is reason to resist the legalization of assisted suicide as fundamental as the first reason given for resisting the legalization of euthanasia 3 If voluntary euthanasia is legalized then the most compelling reason for opposing the legalization of non voluntary euthanasia has been abandoned Many of those who support the legalization of voluntary euthanasia are opposed to the legalization of non voluntary euthanasia But if we cannot make sense of the claim that euthanasia is a benefit to the person to be killed without relying on the thought that that person no longer has a worthwhile life then supporters of voluntary euthanasia are buying into a larger package deal than they perhaps realise For if one can be benefited by being killed is it reasonable to deprive people of that benefit simply because they are incapable of asking to be killed And if we are puzzled rightly by the claim that someone might be benefited by having his life ended we might nonetheless accept the claim that a person cannot be harmed by having his worthless life ended In fact the most active and clear sighted advocates of the legalization of voluntary euthanasia are also advocates of the legalization of non voluntary euthanasia They promote the view that many human beings lack the moral standing what is here called basic dignity in virtue of which they enjoy basic human rights so they cannot be wronged even if the motive for killing them is merely the convenience of those human beings who do have moral standing The whole exercise of drawing a line between human beings who do and those who do not possess moral standing is utterly arbitrary Advocates of the legalization of euthanasia such as the philosophers Peter Singer and Helga Kuhse who embrace such arbitrariness do so without any evident concern for the subversion of the foundations of justice which the arbitrariness entails 4 Legalization of voluntary euthanasia would also encourage the practice of non voluntary euthanasia without benefit of legalization This would happen in two ways firstly it has proved to be the case that those who begin by saying they wish to confine the practice of euthanasia to voluntary euthanasia come to think that if that is allowed no good reason remains for disallowing non voluntary euthanasia so they begin to plan for the systematic practice of non voluntary euthanasia This phenomenon can be seen for example in the

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/sevenreasons.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Church Can't Be Silent in Face of Legal Euthanasia, Pope Says
    silence her great anxiety and reprobation in the face of laws recently voted on in different countries which legalize active euthanasia the Holy Father asked In a society in which all too often it seems that only good health and profitability matter it is necessary to see weak persons or those at the end of life with other eyes in particular by applying and developing palliative care for all patients

    Original URL path: http://euthanasia.com/pope2002.html (2016-02-14)
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  • D H Lawrence and euthanasia
    through euthanasia He wrote And can a man his own quietus make With a bare bodkin With daggers bodkins bullets man can make a bruise or break of exit for his life but is that a quietus 0 tell me is it quietus Surely not so for how could murder even self murder ever a quietus make O let us talk of quiet that we know that we can know

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