Friday, February 27, 2009

Stop This Bill

I would encourage you all, within or outwith Scotland to write with your comments and alert as many people as you can to the Bill euphemistically known as the End of Life Choices (Scotland) Bill. It's a euphemism because it's about killing the unwell. I'm sorry if that sound shocking but I'm afraid it's true: vulnerable people are being asked to put themselves in a position where a physician will effectively kill them by prescribing a lethal drug. The sources of abuse are obvious - the "right" to die will pretty soon become a duty, as is outlined in '"Right to Die" can become 'duty to die'. Roger Scruton gives a measured argument in an address to a group of lawyers in 'Dying Quietly'

This Bill is outrageous. I don't really know where to start. As above, it will corece the dying, the ill or just plain old into assisted suicide to avoid being a burden. It will corrupt doctors whose relationship of trust is based on the tenet "first do no harm". It turns on its head 2500 years of the Hippocratic Oath and the tradition longer than that of "Thou Shalt Not Kill". Could anyone set to inherit say they did not have an interest in any such decision?

What takes the biscuit is the "consultation". Have you ever seen such a weaselly set of one-side questions? My sardonic responses are given in red.

Q1: What are your views on applicability requirements?
I don't believe in killing people unless in self-defence. Or a Just War.

Q2: From what minimum age should a person be able to specify an end of life choice? Please give reasons for your answer.
120? Probably about the age any of us is wise enough.

Q3: Do you feel a waiting period of 15 days is enough? If not, what would be a sufficient waiting period and why?
I don't think a period of 15 years or 15 decades is long enough to wait before killing oneself.

Q4: Do you have a view on what constitutes a “valid and documented request”?
Yes. The request to kill oneself begs questions ("Are you depressed? Why are you asking?"), help and a polite refusal. I've done it lots of times. No one ever regretted it.

Q5: Are there any other responsibilities you would add to the responsibilities of the attending physician?
To dissuade said physician from doing something so immoral.

Q6: Are there any other responsibilities you would add to the responsibilities of the consulting health professional?
Yes. To do everything in his power to stop this nonsense.

Q7: If the proposed Bill did not specify a review committee, do you have any views on alternative arrangements or safeguards?
You know these safeguards don't work. We've had 40 years of unlimited abortion on demand - the same will happen with this. Can you not see the evidence with your own eyes? Or are you wilfully blind?

I don't think the Scottish Executive will start running buses full of old people around Cumbernauld or Kilmarnock with the exhaust pipe in through the window, but I do think vulnerable people will be killed, quietly and without much fuss in nursing homes and hospitals and their own beds in much the same way we have normalised the killing of children through abortion.

Read the document. Email your (considered and polite and well-argued) response to Margot MacDonald here:

Do it as soon as possible (you have until 9th March)

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Blogger berenike said...

Gies a link.

8:59 AM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Done it

3:43 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...


3:44 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Try again:

Margi MacDonald's Bill

3:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet another attack on human dignity, dressed up as liberal concern.

Hope you don't mind if I link to your post.

5:05 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

Not at all, Philip. Tell it far and wide.

11:06 PM  
Blogger Paulinus said...

...and it's Margo, not Margi

11:14 PM  
Blogger SQUELLY said...

I am horrified by this and find myself wishing I was surprised. I am not. Thank you for bringing this to my attention (found the link through Phil)

12:46 AM  
Blogger Jef said...

This document is very worrying, I work in the NHS, and see many people who will feel a "duty to die" not to be a burden etc. if we as a society were really concerned for there dignity we would help them to live.
We must fight the dying of the light

9:45 AM  

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