"Everyone already lives in danger of dying at any time. Why would anyone want to add to that threat the danger of the government allowing other people to kill them when they are sick, mentally ill, depressed, disabled or otherwise vunerable?" ... . . . Internet commenter.
"Once euthanasia is legal, the only remaining question is who can be killed? Euthanasia cannot be controlled because there is always a compelling reason to kill people at the most vulnerable time of their life." ... . . . Alex Schadenberg.
"Three elderly members of my summer parish in rural Quebec received a diagnosis of cancer at the local hospital . . . after the diagnosis had been delivered, the first question each of these people was asked was 'Do you wish to be euthanized?'" . . . writer George Weigel in 2016
DANGER TO THE VUNERABLE
"Only 5% of the individuals who have died by assisted suicide under Oregon's law were referred for psychiatric evaluation and this number is decreasing every year. Considering what we know about suicide risk factors, this constitutes a form of gross medical negligence." . . . . . . psychiatrist Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, director of the Program in Medical Ethics at the University of California Irvine. (2015)
PEOPLE STORIES FROM THE NETHERLANDS
"It was yet another attempt to show that the life of a disabled person has no value." ... wheelchair and ventilator-dependent author Jason Mitchener commenting on the movie "Million Dollar Baby"
"Once the syringe-bearing genie is out of the bottle, who can say what homicidal wonders he may next perform?" ... Don Feder in A Jewish Conservative Looks at Pagan America
The US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached by calling 800-273-8255. For those who don't want to speak to a counselor, there's also a national Crisis Text Line available 24/7 by texting "home" to 741741.