By Alex Schadenberg
Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Gifford-Jones in his recent tirade on “assisted death”attacks people who oppose euthanasia and assisted suicide as do-gooders offering “howling and irrational fears”.
Yet Gifford-Jones is the one who howls when he states that in places where euthanasia and assisted suicide are permitted: “The blunt fact is that history shows there have been no abuses.”
Were the researchers who published the 5 year meta-analysis of the Dutch euthanasia law in 2012 irrational when they found that 23% of all assisted deaths were not reported? How irrational were the researchers who published findings that 47% of all assisted deaths in the Flanders region of Belgium were not reported?
Is it only the do-gooders who are concerned by the 2010 study that found that 32% of assisted deaths in Belgium were done without request?
I guess that Gifford-Jones would like us to turn a blind eye when an Italian man, with a botched diagnosis is killed by assisted death in Switzerland or when the Netherlands approves euthanasia for newborns with disabilities.
The only irrational howling I have heard is from Gifford-Jones.