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The International Suicide Industry



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An international industry of sorts has been established to help people commit suicide. The relatives of a recent victim has pushed back in the TelegraphFrom the story:

A woman suffering from multiple sclerosis took a fatal overdose after a suicide website sent an advocate to her care home to discuss euthanasia.Wheelchair-bound Anne Veasey, 71, died at the nursing home where she lived on August 1 last year after she overdosed on pentobarbital she had bought on the internet. An inquest heard that Mrs Veasey’s health had been deteriorating, she had money worries and had been diagnosed with depression.

The court was told she had met with someone from pro-choice website Exit International six weeks before taking her own life with the drugs she bought online from China. The website was founded by Dr Philip Nitschke, the assisted suicide campaigner who has been dubbed Dr Death for holding workshops demonstrating chilling suicide methods including a helium-filled ‘exit bag’ and ‘DIY Peaceful Pills’.

Nitschke infamously told Kathryn Lopez in an NRO interview that he supported assisted suicide for “troubled teens.”

Please realize that this isn’t the fringe. Throughout the world we see assisted suicide promoted via a two-pronged strategy:  First, legalize it for the terminal or “hopelessly” ill. Second, have pro suicide “counselors” help those not legally qualified do themselves in. It is an abandonment of despairing people at its most profound–all the more disturbing because the ghoulishness puts on the mask of compassion.



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