By Weskey J. Smith
Editor’s note. This appeared at nationalreview.com. “de Einder” refers to the De Einder Foundation, one of the many pro-euthanasia organizations.
The euthanasia movement has always been about finding words and terms to mask the harshness of killing as a response to suffering.
Indeed, the word “euthanasia”–good death–did not originally refer to killing. Rather, it meant dying peacefully in a state of grace.
Now, the suicide fanatic Faye Girsh–former head of the Hemlock Society–reporting from a convention of the World Federation of Right to Die Societies, says the psychiatrist that brought euthanasia to the mentally ill in Netherlands has coined an obscuring word to replace “euthanasia” in the movement’s lexicon.
Boudewijn Chabot (de Einder) disclosed the name of the patient whose death 25 years ago brought him into conflict with the Dutch Supreme Court and opened the way for help for psychiatric patients. He is now using the term ”dignicide” (which my spell checker is rejecting) as the word promoted by some to describe a self-selected rational and dignified death.
You can call a dung beetle a butterfly–but it is still a dung beetle.