Sunday, November 14, 2010

Ad promoting euthanasia to be aired on tv

"Right to Life is disappointed that the Commercial Approvals Bureau [CAB] has given approval for the screening of the video of Dr Philip Nitschke [Dr Death] promoting suicide on television in New Zealand."

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Greeeaaat. Now we're going to have emotive advertising extolling the virtue of suicide as a dignified death. This will put fear and pressure on people who are elderly, sick or otherwise vulnerable about end of life care. The emphasis is that natural death is a horrible painful time to be avoided, yet with quality care and love from family and friends people can have a good death.

By focusing on suicide as the way we lose sight of the real death with dignity - the kind of care that Hospice New Zealand offers. All this is leading to a 'duty to die' mentality.