Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Elderly with Dementia have a "Duty to Die"

Dementia sufferers should consider ending their lives because of the burden they create for families and public services, Baroness Warnock has claimed.

The 84-year-old veteran Government adviser said she hopes that certain people will soon be ‘licensed to put others down.’

Lady Warnock, who helped push through the current laws on fertility treatment and embryo research in the 1980s, made her controversial statements in a recent interview with the Church of Scotland's magazine Life and Work, where she said: "If you're demented, you're wasting people's lives – your family's lives – and you're wasting the resources of the National Health Service...’

In a recent article for a Norwegian periodical, titled 'A Duty to Die?', the Baroness wrote that ‘sacrificing oneself for one's family would be considered good. I don't see what is so horrible about the motive of not wanting to be an increasing nuisance.’ (Read more

This seems to confirm some of the specific concerns about euthanasia I raised in my earlier article in the section "Vulnerable People at Risk."

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