Quick Takes – Gallery of Suicide: Canada Harvesting From The Living; Swiss Expanding Euthanasia Clinics; France Killing The Non-Terminal

     Another “quick takes” on items where there is too little to say to make a complete article, but is still important enough to comment on.

     The focus this time: One way or another, they’re gonna find ya, they’re gonna getcha!

     First, a little mood music:

     Carrying on…

Canada seems increasingly inclined to treat a patient to be euthanized less as a way to end pain and more a way to begin organ harvesting.

“Canada has enthusiastically embraced euthanasia and all of its implications.

“For example, following the crassly utilitarianism of Belgium and the Netherlands, the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association has published guidelines — written by a ‘blue ribbon panel,’ don’t you know! — to govern when organ donation follows death by lethal injection euthanasia, a bureaucratic procedure that I bluntly call ‘kill and harvest.’


“From, ‘Organ Donation After Medical Assistance in Dying Offers Possibilities:’

A new approach discussed in the commentary makes possible organ donation after MAID at home. The death occurs at home after which anesthesia drugs and life support are used to maintain the body during transport to hospital for organ donation.

“In other words, the patient would be killed — and then resuscitated — not to save his life but maintain the viability of the organs.”

     Few countries embrace the rage of suicide like Switzerland.

“Switzerland’s suicide clinics continue to thrive. Exit, the largest of these, reported 1204 assisted suicides in 2018. That’s a 23 percent increase from 2017.

“Dignitas, another major assisted suicide clinic — to which people from around the world attend to be made dead in what is known as “suicide tourism” — facilitates at least 200 more self-poisonings each year.

“Think about this. Between Exit, Dignitas, and other small suicide clinics, nearly 200 people are facilitated in killing themselves each month, paying thousands of dollars to be made dead. Meanwhile, more than 100,000 people are members of these suicide clubs, a necessity to eventually receive death assistance.

“That’s nihilism. It’s also a strong vote of ‘no confidence’ in doctors’ ability to palliate care and control symptoms — who are, ironically, then turned to for assistance in being made dead.”

     Proving, yet again, that euthanasia was never going to be limited to those with a terminal illness to die “with dignity” by sacrificing but a few months, France legalized killing people who aren’t dying and haven’t chosen to die by starvation/dehydration.

“In 2008, Vincent Lambert suffered an accident that left him paraplegic and semi-conscious. Since then, Lambert, who although he suffered severe brain damage still responds when spoken to and regularly wakes up, has been kept alive on life support. This week, a high French court ruled that Lambert should be denied food and water and allowed to die, a process that could take up to two weeks.

“Although Lambert’s wife supports letting him die, his Catholic parents and siblings, along with the Vatican, are fighting to keep him alive. Although euthanasia is illegal in France, doctors and the courts have found this horrific work-around. Instead of administering drugs to kill a patient who isn’t dying, they just starve them to death”.


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