Euthanasia

Students for Life oppose the increasing social acceptance of assisted suicide and euthanasia. This intentional form of ending someone's life completely disregards that person's dignity and right to life. It discriminates against the old, ill and disabled people. It offers death as a solution to life's challenges. Challenges which can be greatly eased with the correct care and support from medical professionals and family members.

What is Euthanasia?

Euthanasia may be either active or passive, an action or omission in which the aim is to cause death. Assisted suicide is helping or counselling someone to end their life prematurely.

Isn’t it more compassionate to allow someone to die on their own terms without suffering?

Proponents of assisted suicide and euthanasia promise that people facing the end of life can die without suffering and with a dignity. One real way to honor a person’s dignity is to provide a dignified means of living. Trying to reduce or eliminate their pain instead of their lives is the most noble way to care for the patient. People don’t need to die to have dignity.

What implications does it have on society?

When a government legalises euthanasia or assisted suicide there is grave implications for society. Elderly and terminal ill people may feel or are coerced to feel that they are too much of a burden for family members. The weaker and most vulnerable among us are not longer protected or cared for.

What is the reality of Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide laws?

Belgium – Euthanasia has been legal here since 2002. The number of euthanasia deaths reported in 2013 was 1,807 a 27% increase from the previous year. There has been an 89% increase in euthanasia deaths over a four year period. In 2014, Belgium became the first country in the world to legalise euthanasia for children. There is no age limit for minors seeking lethal injection.

The Netherlands – In 2002, it became the first country in the world to legalise euthanasia. In 2013, there were 4,829 reported deaths from euthanasia, a 15 percent increase from 2012, and a 151 percent increase in seven years. Those numbers don’t include death by denying food or water from patients.