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Blind Dutch woman granted euthanasia

9 October 2013

Medics have killed a woman by lethal injection because she "could not cope with becoming blind"

A blind Dutch woman has been granted her request for euthanasia in the Netherlands.

The Daily Mail newspaper reported that: "Medics have killed a woman by lethal injection because she could not cope with becoming blind. In one of the first cases of euthanasia for a disability, the 70-year-old was deemed by doctors to be 'suffering unbearably'."

Anthony Ozimic of SPUC told the Mail: "It is medical negligence of a high order for the doctors in this case to have gone along with her suicidal ideas, rather than find effective means of managing whatever psychological issues may have been causing her to consider suicide. The Netherlands is a wealthy country which can support people with blindness.

"Wherever euthanasia or assisted suicide has been allowed, so-called 'exceptional circumstances' are quickly becoming the norm and the criteria for death are expanding. Millions of people around the world are blind, yet these doctors in their callous arrogance have deemed that at least some blind people should be killed rather than treated.

"This is what is in store for the UK if Lord Falconer and Margo Macdonald get their bills through parliament." [Mail, 8 October]

Other stories:

  • SPUC criticises new reason for non-prosecution of sex-selective abortion
  • Hans Kung, renowned dissident theologian, considering suicide for Parkinson's [, 3 October]
    Anthony Ozimic of SPUC commented: "It is one of the tragedies of modern Church history that Hans Kung did not become a great defender of life as his contemporary at the Second Vatican Council, Joseph Ratzinger. Unlike Kung, Ratzinger saw that the Western cultural revolution which started in the late 1960s was an anarchic rebellion against the principles which safeguard civilisation. Voluntary self-destruction is also a form of rebellion against such principles. However, it is not too late for Kung to see the light of the Gospel of Life, as the testimony of many repentant former abortionists will attest."
  • Ministers in new row over abortion ruling [Telegraph, 8 October]
  • Doctor receives outpouring of support after refusing to refer for sex-selective abortion [, 8 October]
  • Remarkable new 3D images of unborn children [Mail, 8 October]
  • Marie Stopes International head-hunts top salesman to repeat its abortion business successes [SPUC youth blog, 8 October]
  • Babies born to smoking mums 'have smaller brains and are more anxious and moody than other children', suggests study [Mail, 7 October]
  • Pro-life Catholic vigils this month in Maidstone and Stratford [John Smeaton, 4 October]
  • SPUC's Anthony McCarthy comments on donor-conceived children [John Smeaton, 3 October]
  • European rights court to rule on assisted suicide [Expatica, 8 October]
  • St Thérèse and the victory over assisted suicide [John Smeaton, 3 October]
  • Chinese dad takes photos of dead son after brutal forced abortion [,4 October]
  • WHO sex-ed guidelines promote masturbation, abortion to children: parents outraged [, 8 October]
  • British royal speaks about his pro-life principles [National Catholic Register, 7 October]
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