CMA Doctors Lament Dutch Euthanasia Vote as an Open Door To More Involuntary "Suicides"

Apr 10, 2001, 01:00 ET from Christian Medical Association

    WASHINGTON, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The 14,000-member Christian Medical
 Association (CMA) (www.cmdahome.org) today lamented the Dutch Parliament's
 vote to legalize euthanasia, saying the policy will further corrupt the
 medical profession and lead to more involuntary deaths.
     CMA Executive Director David Stevens, MD noted, "When the Dutch government
 has sanctioned euthanasia in the past, statistics have shown that over three
 out of four Dutch patients who died through medical intervention never even
 gave their consent.  Decriminalizing this tragic practice will now open the
 door to even more involuntary deaths and destroy trust--the foundation of the
 doctor-patient relationship."
     Stevens added, "This is not a question of who will have the right to die;
 it's a question of who will have the power to kill.  What's being promoted as
 'freedom of choice' flies in the face of the Dutch government's own Remmelink
 Report, which documents thousands of cases of patients put to death without
 their consent."
     The Christian Medical Association conducted intensive on-site research in
 the Netherlands, interviewing experts as well as family members who have
 suffered the consequences of involuntary euthanasia.  CMA also produced a
 video and provided testimony for Congress about the dangers of the Dutch
 experiment with officially sanctioned suicide.
     Stevens said, "We have looked beyond the official statistics and into the
 faces of real people who have suffered under this tragic policy of turning
 doctors into killers.  It all sounds so libertarian until you realize that the
 real autonomy lies not with the patient, but with the doctor.  And once the
 deed is done, the chief witness to the crime is dead."
     More information on Dutch euthanasia can be found at www.cmdahome.org.
 
 

SOURCE Christian Medical Association
    WASHINGTON, April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The 14,000-member Christian Medical
 Association (CMA) (www.cmdahome.org) today lamented the Dutch Parliament's
 vote to legalize euthanasia, saying the policy will further corrupt the
 medical profession and lead to more involuntary deaths.
     CMA Executive Director David Stevens, MD noted, "When the Dutch government
 has sanctioned euthanasia in the past, statistics have shown that over three
 out of four Dutch patients who died through medical intervention never even
 gave their consent.  Decriminalizing this tragic practice will now open the
 door to even more involuntary deaths and destroy trust--the foundation of the
 doctor-patient relationship."
     Stevens added, "This is not a question of who will have the right to die;
 it's a question of who will have the power to kill.  What's being promoted as
 'freedom of choice' flies in the face of the Dutch government's own Remmelink
 Report, which documents thousands of cases of patients put to death without
 their consent."
     The Christian Medical Association conducted intensive on-site research in
 the Netherlands, interviewing experts as well as family members who have
 suffered the consequences of involuntary euthanasia.  CMA also produced a
 video and provided testimony for Congress about the dangers of the Dutch
 experiment with officially sanctioned suicide.
     Stevens said, "We have looked beyond the official statistics and into the
 faces of real people who have suffered under this tragic policy of turning
 doctors into killers.  It all sounds so libertarian until you realize that the
 real autonomy lies not with the patient, but with the doctor.  And once the
 deed is done, the chief witness to the crime is dead."
     More information on Dutch euthanasia can be found at www.cmdahome.org.
 
 SOURCE  Christian Medical Association