Healers or killers?
The second reading of the End of Life Choice bill in May will present Parliament with a clear choice to either defend the ethics of the medical profession or to change those ethics to allow doctors to kill their patients, or assist in their suicide.
Should Parliament pass the EOLCB, it will ultimately classify certain persons as having lives not worthy of life. Those persons may then be killed. with the permission of the state. This same state will fund the killing as a ‘health service,’ and allow for their lives to be terminated in public hospitals.
This Bill will empower a doctor to deprive a patient of their life without the knowledge of the patient’s family. The Bill obliges the doctor to falsely record the underlying condition as the cause of death on the patient’s death certificate.
While the doctor is then obligated to report the death as a euthanasia or assisted suicide death, we know from overseas experience that euthanasia deaths are considerably being underreported. The doctor’s action in killing the patient, or assisting in the patient’s suicide, relies solely on the doctor’s selfreporting.
For 2400 years the medical profession has upheld the Hippocratic tradition to do