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Cost-cutting euthanasia

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Re: Death As Bureaucrat, Dec. 5; The Right To Die, Jen Gerson, Dec. 11. I can understand people’s first response t- o euthanasia is one of feeling compas sion for a suffering individual. However, many are unaware of the grave dangers of legalizati­on. In countries where assisted suicide has been legalized, many abuses are taking place, despite the assurance safeguards would protect the vulnerable from abuse.

Reg- arding euthanasia in the Nether lands, Prof. Theo Boer notes, “In 2007 I wrote that there doesn’t need to be a slippery slope when it comes to euthan- asia. A good euthanasia law, in com bination with the euthanasia review procedure, provides the warrants for a stable and relatively low number of euthanasia. But we were wrong — terribly wrong, in fact.”

This slippy slope is already happening i-n Oregon. Insurance companies have re fused to cover the costs of treatment for cancer patients, instead offering to pay for euthanasia. With the rising costs of medical care in Canada, it would be very t-empting for government­s to follow Ore gon’s lead and fund euthanasia, in place of costly treatment.

Anna Benson, Mission, B. C.

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