A report on assisted suicide in Oregon showed that over 53% of people whose lives were ended by the procedure in 2020 reported the fear of being a burden on family, friends or other caregivers as a reason.
"Society must promote hope, assisted suicide is a statement of no hope:" Elma Walsh, the mother of Irish teenager Donal Walsh, addressed the Oireachtas Committee today to speak out against the introduction of assisted suicide in Ireland:
In Dickens’ enduring classic, ‘A Christmas Carol’, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, asked to assist those who were in desperate need but who would rather die than face the cruelties of the workhouse, delivers a tremendously pitiless response.
Last October, after an extensive and supportive media build-up, the Dáil voted on a bill proposed by the Socialist TD, Gino Kenny, seeking to legalise Assisted Suicide and euthanasia in Ireland - ensuring doctors could end the lives of patients.
In jurisdictions where euthanasia and/or assisted suicide is legal, experience shows there are profound implications for pharmacy practice. Little attention in the current euthanasia debate has been paid to the role of Irish pharmacists.