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April 20, 2009

Medical Ethicist Suggests Senile “Have A Duty To Die”

by Brad Warbiany

This is what medical ethics has come to in Britain:

Medical ethics expert Baroness Warnock, 84, said senility sufferers were a burden to their families and doctors.

And she said there was nothing wrong with them feeling they had a “duty” to opt for euthanasia for the sake of others.

She said: “If you are demented you are wasting people’s lives, your family’s lives and you are wasting the resources of the NHS.

So much for the socialized medical systems “putting humanity before profit”. Sorry, granny, you’re not a person, you’re a burden. You’re not a patient, you’re a cost. And we need to cut costs these days.

This is what’s coming, America.

Hat Tip: Billy Beck

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3 Comments

  1. As things stand this appears to be no more than the opinion of one person (Baroness Warnock).

    Comment by Constant — April 20, 2009 @ 10:42 pm
  2. Constant,

    That is true. And to be fair, there were a lot of groups in Britain denouncing her for this.

    But I’d say she’s more than just “one person”, she’s one influential person. The story went on to say that she’s been an advisor to several government panels on medical ethics and other topics, and while I hope she was laughed out of the room at those panels as well, she certainly has a level of access and credibility higher than most.

    Comment by Brad Warbiany — April 21, 2009 @ 6:33 am
  3. Baroness Warnock must be senile herself. Let her be the first to volunteer to be euthanized, as it is her duty.

    Comment by motrctyman — April 21, 2009 @ 6:55 am

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