A documentary on assisted suicide has received a prestigious award while spreading a warning about a pro-death culture.
The film is “Fatal Flaws,” which premiered May 8 at the Ottowa Little after it won Best Documentary at the Hollywood Life Fest film festival.
Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coaltion says the documentary juxtaposes controversy in the Netherlands with states in America that have approved doctor-assisted suicide.
“It's a very important film,” he says, “because it also interviews people with direct experience with assisted suicide in the United States, or euthanasia in the Netherlands, and it interviews both sides of the issue.”
But Schadenberg insists the truth prevails in the film over arguments from euthanasia advocates.
In its own story about the documentary, LifeSiteNews describes how mother Sheila Elson of Newfoundland was advised by an emergency room doctor to euthanize her daughter Candice, who has cerebral palsy and was suffering a seizure.
Elson claims in the documentary that the ER doctor told the mother she was being “selfish,” even though her daughter recovered and is fine today.
“We were convinced that the documentary would very clearly show people how this is self-evidently wrong,” Schadenberg tells OneNewsNow. “You know the concept that the one physician brings up: Well, if we were to do this with a gun rather than with a needle, then that would be seen as culturally wrong.”
In the United Kingdom, a member of Parliament who sponsored an assisted-suicide bill saw “Fatal Flaws” the night before the vote and was so impacted by the truth, the next day he switched sides to vote against it.