THEY WANT YOU TO ACCEPT THE NOTION OF EUTHANASIA AS BEING “MERCIFUL” AND A “RIGHT”: think about it. resist emotivist rhetoric.
In 50 years of practising medicine, including in the third world, often with no palliative care practitioner or any other doctor available to discuss near-death care, I only ever had one serious request for euthanasia.
This patient did, in fact, find another doctor to consult. I never heard the outcome.
I think Australia’s media cover the euthanasia issue badly.
They imply that without legal euthanasia, patients will be left in artificially-prolonged suffering when already irretrievably in the process of dying.
This falsifies what opponents of euthanasia are saying.
I think the truth is best summed this way:
“An act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering constitutes a murder gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living God, his Creator….
“Discontinuing medical procedures that are burdensome, dangerous, extraordinary, or disproportionate to the expected outcome can be legitimate; it is the refusal of ‘over-zealous’ treatment. Here one does not will death; one’s inability to impede it is merely accepted….”
(quote from Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2277-2278)