The Point: So Much for Death with Dignity

Is this death with dignity?

Picture this: An elderly woman with Alzheimer’s lives in a nursing home. The staff consider her to be a “controlling” patient who causes trouble. Unbeknownst to her, a doctor puts a tranquilizer in her coffee. And then when it’s clear the doctor is going to inject her with a lethal dose of medication, she puts up a fight.

The doctor asks her family to restrain the woman. They do, and the woman is killed.

It’s not hypothetical. It’s what happened in the Netherlands—an all-too-predictable result of so called “right to die” or “death with dignity” laws. Five U. S. states, including mine, Colorado, permit physician assisted suicide.

As I and others have said many times before, the so-called “right to die” will inevitably devolve into an obligation to die. It’s happened in Europe, and we’re fools to think it won’t happen here.

A Dutch review panel said the doctor in this case crossed a line, but failed to name which line he crossed. But I will: it’s called “murder.”


February 16, 2017

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  • Gary Schelvan

    Absolutely astonishing that these people want to control life & death on both ends of the spectrum. Justice would be to see it happen to them at the end. God must be so pissed off at mankind!

  • Gladys1071

    we control life all the time, when we call 911 to save the life of someone, we are trying to control life. When we hook up life saving machines to people, we are controlling life. When we execute someone in death row, we are controling when someone dies. What is the difference? human beings do that all the time, we tend to forget and only seem to focus on euthanasia and abortion and that is hypocritical.

  • Jonathan Johnson

    The breakdown of morality includes families absolving themselves of resposibilities to their patriarchs. Should we even have “nursing homes”? We should be “providing for our own.”