By Nancy Valko
With the American Medical Association considering changing its long-standing opposition to physician-assisted suicide (despite the recommendations of its ethics committee) and the California assisted suicide law declared unconstitutional but now reinstated pending appeal, assisted suicide/euthanasia groups such as Compassion and Choices (the well-funded former Hemlock Society) are ramping up efforts nationwide to legalize assisted suicide.
Along with major media outlets overwhelmingly supporting their efforts and a recent Gallup poll showing that the “Majority of Americans (73%) Remain Supportive of Euthanasia,” how do we fight against this and educate the public?
One excellent answer can be found in the recently released 80 minute film “Fatal Flaws.”
“Fatal Flaws” features filmmaker Kevin Dunn who spent three years traveling throughout Europe and North American asking the question “should we be giving doctors the right in law to end the life of others by euthanasia or assisted suicide?”
In the film, Mr. Dunn respectfully interviews people and experts on both sides of the issues, and the candid testimonies are powerful and moving. I have viewed the film myself and I believe that showings of this film to senior citizen groups, pro-life groups, churches and clergy, medical professionals, etc. would go a long way in educating the public, many of whom are supportive or unsure of where they stand.
The film was produced in association with The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. For information on purchasing the “Fatal Flaws” film and/or the accompanying pamphlets, please go the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition “Fatal Flaws” site.
There will be a preview viewing of the film at the National Right to Life Convention June 29 in Kansas City, Kansas.
On a personal note: I am speaking at the NRL convention myself on the Alfie Evans case June 30. I would love to meet those of you attending the convention.