Assisted-suicide poster child changes her mind

Thursday, November 19, 2015
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

IV needle assisted suicideA case in Belgium illustrates why doctor-assisted suicide isn't the answer for life's difficulties.

In Belgium, much was made out of the case of a 24-year-old woman, using the name "Laura," who obtained permission to end her life over depression, a lifelong feeling that life was not worth living. Emily (her real name) filmed an introduction to a documentary promoting euthanasia.

“This documentary is about my request for euthanasia because of mental suffering, and when you see this documentary I won't be here anymore,” she said the in the promo.

But Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition shares that the story did not end there.

Schadenberg

“What ended up happening is she changed her mind and decided not to die by euthanasia,” he says.

The documentary had concluded by promoting the idea that people in Belgium have a free choice for euthanasia, but Schadenberg suggests the choice should not be there and that Emily's case is a perfect example. He explains that the concept of euthanasia is that it's okay for a doctor to approve termination of life if a person is going through intolerable circumstances. 

“In these cases, circumstances will always change in life,” he tells OneNewsNow. “Causing someone's death when they're at a low point never gives them the opportunity to return to a high point.”

He contends the objective in the medical profession should be to return them to a better status. However, people should be praying for Emily because she still has it in writing that she has permission to end her life.

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