The head of an anti-euthanasia group says one of the unsatisfactory results of the euthanasia movement is creating pressure for people to make that choice as if it's a good thing.
An article in the Journal of the American Medical Association takes a look at euthanasia in Belgium and the Netherlands from the standpoint of organ donations. But although the practice has only been legal in Canada for a year, organ donations from patients who have been euthanized are already occurring.
Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition tells OneNewsNow his concern is the culture shift.
"What happens is people start saying to you, 'Well, why aren't you giving your organs for organ donation?' But then the other big change that occurs after that is that you then soon have organ donation by euthanasia," he warns. "So that is the next thing that happens, because why should you wait for the person to die to take their organs?"
And over time, the ethics of the culture even changes.
"We have a situation where people are viewing everything in an upside-down fashion, so now euthanasia's become a good thing rather than a sad situation," says Schadenberg. "And we're creating more and more pressure, and they're saying, 'This is all about choice and autonomy,' but in fact this is about pressuring people who are going through a difficult time in their life to have their life ended by lethal injection."
The idea is to convince society that euthanasia is a blessing. Moreover, a recent study in Canada suggests the country will save over $135 million a year by euthanasia deaths, again suggesting euthanasia is a plus for society.