By Wesley J. Smith
The UK media has reported the case of a third healthy elderly woman in the last several weeks having flown to Switzerland to be made dead. From the Express story:
“ANOTHER British woman has been helped to die at a Swiss suicide clinic because she had grown tired of life, the Sunday Express can reveal. The 99-year-old Londoner, who was not terminally ill or severely disabled, felt her time had come to an end.”
Geriatric depression is treatable, but never mind. Sigh.
And get this: 3000 people die each year in the clinics. That’s nearly 10 each day!
The deaths have once more reignited the debate on assisted suicide, which is illegal in the UK and remains a highly contested issue.
Yet as MPs prepare to vote on the Assisted Dying Bill, now in the House of Lords, which would change the law, retired doctor Michael Irwin, who has helped a number of Britons end their lives at Swiss suicide clinics, revealed that 3,000 patients are helped to die every year.
So, let’s make suicide even easier to access so more can die?
I don’t see how these poor women can be called “patients.” They weren’t in Switzerland for medical care. They were there to be made dead. They were assisted in killing themselves for pay! Call them customers.
Culture of death, Wesley? What culture of death.
Editor’s note. This appeared on Wesley’s great blog.