Saturday, January 16, 2010

Assisted suicide = medical treatment?

Charlie Butts - OneNewsNow - 1/16/2010 4:10:00 AM

Mercy killings have increased in the Netherlands as the number of euthanasia cases rose by 200 for a total of 2,500 last year, but because reporting cases to the government is voluntary, exact figures are not available.

Rita Marker (International Tasf Force on Euthanasia and Assited Suicide)"Even under the self-reporting, it is acknowledged by the Dutch at least that...not everybody's reporting," says Rita Marker, head of the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. "And yet that was their very reason that they gave for legalizing euthanasia because it had been practiced for years. And then when they finally legalized it they said, 'Well, this way we'll have a better handle on it. We'll know what's happening. It will be more carefully done' -- and in fact, that isn't what's happened."

Marker notes that people have become desensitized and no longer blink an eye at euthanasia, and she feels that is an important point of concern because assisted suicide is now considered to be "medical treatment" in three American states. She is also troubled about the possibility that healthcare reform may lead to assisted suicide.
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