Euthanasia and dementia sufferers (letter)by Hal G.P. ColebatchNews Weekly
, March 7, 2009
Paul Russell's points against Baroness Mary Warnock's advocacy of euthanasia for those suffering from dementia are true and wholly commendable. (News Weekly
, February 7, 2009).
However, there is an additional, perhaps more secular, point to be made.
Should euthanasia ever be legitimised for dementia patients this will not only degrade the value we place on human life and worth, and put our society on the slippery slope to Auschwitz, but it will also militate against research to cure dementia and to prolong healthy and good-quality life - some of which is already bearing fruit.
Had our forefathers turned to euthanasia for various apparently hopeless conditions instead of searching for cures in the past, many treatments and cures would never have been discovered, and we could still expect life to be virtually ended by 50 or so, with many conditions now treatable being, literally, death sentences.Hal G.P. Colebatch,