Guest Post on Euthanasia

September 11th, 2012 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

A guest post by on :

Simon, Louise and the kids came to visit today.  Little Katie had her first day at school last week, she was so excited about it and showed me the picture that she drew for me.  I’m running out of room for them!  It’s lovely that she remembers her old grandma.  It’s so wonderful to see them every couple of weeks and share their little milestones.

Simon’s having a hard time at the moment though.  The recession has hit his plumbing business very hard.  He reckons he’s got another three months and then they’ll have to look at selling their home.  He’s worked so hard to get where he is.

I know this place is costing them a lot. $500 a week is a big additional expense at the moment.  Since I lost all my money in Blue Chip finance I’ve had to rely on Simon and Louise and they’ve been great about it.  He never mentions it and bats it away as the least he can do whenever I bring it up.  Tom and I raised a great son.

But it’s not fair on him.  He deserves to have a better life than that.  He needs his house now more than he needs a rattly old mother.  I figure if left to natural means I’ve got another few years in me.  I’d love to see Sarah hit school too, and perhaps even finish the memoirs.  But that’s at least $50k out of Simon and Louise’s pocket.  Out of Sarah and Katie’s university fund.

Such a fall.  I used to make such a difference in this world, teaching, speaking.  Now I’m nothing but a burden on my family.

Yes, they’ll be fine without me – better off in fact.  I’ll speak with the doctors tomorrow.  I’ll play something up, maybe the kidneys.  I hear they don’t ask too many questions if you’ve got all your marbles.  

I remember when they introduced the euthanasia law they talked about all the safeguards they’d put in.  But of course the standards slip.  They have to, there’s too much work to do to check every old lady’s reasons.

I’m always happy to run guest posts. It goes without saying I don’t agree with the perspective in this post as being at all realistic, but I accept some people think that could happen.

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18 Responses to “Guest Post on Euthanasia”

  1. Pete George (22,743 comments) says:

    I’m not sure why it would change if we had reasonable euthanasia options, old people commit suicide now. But the over 65 suicide rate is trending down so the risks of itn increasing may be overstated.

    Adults aged 65 and over had the lowest suicide rate (9.7 per 100.000 population). Between 1950 (the peak rate) and 2010 the rate for this group fell by 66.7%.

    http://www.health.govt.nz/publication/suicide-facts-deaths-and-intentional-self-harm-hospitalisations-2010

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  2. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    > It’s so wonderful to see them every couple of weeks and share their little milestones.

    But not so wonderful that the old dear wants to kill herself. After doing tests, doctors would find nothing wrong with her kidneys. Clearly she isn’t terminally ill. Pity your guest post didn’t make their story more credible.

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  3. Peter (1,577 comments) says:

    Nothing stopping Granny popping sleeping pills now.

    Lame story.

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  4. East Wellington Superhero (1,151 comments) says:

    Whether one agrees or disagrees on the nature of abortion, the Abortion Supervisory Committee is classic homegrown example of a ‘supervising’ organisation that is now operating outside of the law that was written up by Parliament. It’s so in your face it’s almost bizarre that it’s almost never mentioned in the euthanasia debate. Perhaps it conflates moral issues that euthanasia proponents don’t want to muddy the debate. Fair enough. However, when we see what has happened with the Abortion Supervisory Committee (when economic and social ‘needs’ have overridden the law and are confined to rooms, buildings, and activities we don’t want to know about) why on earth do we think a “Euthanasia Supervisory Committee” would be any different?

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  5. bringbackdemocracy (391 comments) says:

    “It wouldn’t happen here”
    It happens in Holland all the time.

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  6. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    All youth should be put into National Service to stop them from binge drinking. Asians?

    I just don’t like them. They are out to take over the world and turn our children into sex-slaves.

    Am I right?

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  7. Pete George (22,743 comments) says:

    You’re wrong to go so far off topic here Lee. And wrong, but take it elsewhere.

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  8. nasska (10,611 comments) says:

    Pure pathos…..as “Peter” pointed out above there is no reason why a person who felt that way couldn’t do away with themselves as the law stands today. What the proponents of a law change want is a way to indicate, in advance, that if a certain set of circumstances arise that they not be kept in a painful or vegetative state.

    But once again those who know better than us are determined to run our lives for us.

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  9. Mobile Michael (410 comments) says:

    Factually wrong, but perhaps conveying the right mesage. The pre baby boomer generation don’t like being a burden, they would dispropotionately tske up euthanasia to stop being a burden on others.

    Unless euthanasia is taken as a relief of pain, suffering and incurable disease it is being taken for the wrong reason.

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  10. berend (1,630 comments) says:

    “We will never get mobile euthanasia units here.”

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  11. Griff (6,703 comments) says:

    We do have mobile euthanasia units they are called cars
    Have a look at the statistics a proportion of one car accidents are suicide
    Unfortunately so are some head ons

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  12. ben (2,396 comments) says:

    Let’s be clear about this author’s position: she would rather have dozens and perhaps hundreds of people die agonising deaths each year and prevent them from ending their own lives in a controlled way at their own choosing so as to avoid the chance that families would kill their own out of convenience.

    Among her many misunderstandings is that morality arises from law, and that the quality of life of citizens are appropriately sacrificed against their will for her own personal satisfaction of how a society should operate.

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  13. Jimmy Smits (246 comments) says:

    Lee C (4,278) Says:
    September 11th, 2012 at 7:39 am

    All youth should be put into National Service to stop them from binge drinking. Asians?

    I just don’t like them. They are out to take over the world and turn our children into sex-slaves.

    Am I right?

    It’s always the Christians who are the most condescending and sarcastic. They are meant to be the ‘light’ of the world, showing compassion, grace, etc… But usually act like passive-aggressive “better than you” types that would make you never want to go to Church because you don’t want those sorts of people in your life.

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  14. RRM (9,422 comments) says:

    I can’t really imagine an epidemic of [that story] happening, although I can imagine rare instances of it happening.

    But I think the author is only hypothesizing half of the story. For every selfless, uncomplaining baby boomer (LOL, wasn’t that the parents of the baby boomers??) who wants to fall on his/her sword, I can see a genX / genY child like me who would argue and protest and weep and wail and emotionally blackmail and do EVERYTHING to stop the parents (or the in-laws) from offing themselves… unless they were in horrible pain with no possibility of a recovery.

    Meanwhile, some young mum just abandoned her little newborn baby in the Hutt – what should we forbid, in an effort to prevent bad things like that from happening?

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  15. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Pete – Ouch!

    Did I just get a slap on the wrist for being disruptive in class? Give me a break.

    Lighten up Pete. I’ve seen this debate here all before. Trust me, It’ll end up as a generalised bigot-fest about how best to read the Bible. And not because of anything I say, but rather because everyone gets sooo involved and serious about something they have absolutely zero real-life input into.

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  16. grumpy (240 comments) says:

    Might happen????? FFS

    In the Netherlands there are now only 2 small operations offerring palliative care………

    Loneliness is recognised as a good reason to be euthanised……

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  17. PaulL (5,872 comments) says:

    Is that actually true grumpy? Or just made up. Cause it surely sounds made up.

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  18. GPT1 (2,087 comments) says:

    If that’s the argument against euthanasia then bring it on.

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