Having to be locked down at home due to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) is making it difficult for purveyors of assisted suicide to make in-home death calls. Because of this, one university professor wants to make it so that families can administer these grim reaper drug cocktails themselves.
Anita Hannig, an associate professor of anthropology at Brandeis University, a Jewish private research institution in Massachusetts, recently published an article entitled, “Dying virtually: Pandemic drives medically assisted deaths online” that attempts to make the case that families should now be allowed to kill their locked-down loved ones since the pandemic has hit the pause button on how assisted suicide is normally performed.
According to Hannig, family members of people who want to kill themselves “must now take a more active role in their loved one’s final act.” In lieu of having a volunteer or physician present, Hannig would like to see families “assume a more active role in the dying process.”
In order to meet the requirement that two doctors “independently evaluate a patient’s request for medical assistance in dying,” Hannig suggests setting up digital Zoom calls to have these evaluations done virtually. This will allow for families to brew up death cocktails at home and administer them to those wishing to die.
“Now, because of the coronavirus, volunteers are accompanying patients and families over Zoom, and physicians complete their evaluations through telemedicine, based on recommendations released by the American Clinicians Academy on Medical Aid in Dying in March 2020,” Hannig maintains.
Hannig is not at all concerned about families that are on the brink of financial disaster due to lost wages or their businesses having to close, at least not vocally, or how these stresses may be playing in to the mental health of those that say they want to die. No, her primary concern is the new lack of “access to assisted dying,” which she wants to see addressed as part of the new abnormal.
Framing the issue around those wanting to die no longer having “that choice” – pro-abortionists love the word “choice” as well – Hannig is pushing for assisted suicide to basically be performed by anyone so long as a couple doctors give their approval over a computer screen.
Hannig is especially concerned about those who want to commit suicide but whose families object. Before the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), these individuals wanting to die could simply sidestep their families with the help of a “volunteer.” But now that is no longer available, at least in areas where lockdowns are still in place.
This is why Hannig and many others who are pro-assisted suicide have been pushing for several months now to implement a new digital way of signing off on suicides in order to “make sure a patient’s final wishes are carried out.”
“Let’s think this through,” says Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. “A person with difficult health issues who feels like a burden on others, or is experiencing depression or existential distress, could be assessed, via telehealth, and prescribed lethal drugs for suicide.”
“The death lobby focuses on facilitating death and protecting doctors who are willing to be involved with killing their patients. They are not concerned with protecting people.”
As we have warned in the past, assisted suicide is a very slippery slope because it ends up targeting the handicapped and other vulnerable people with premature death, all in the name of “voluntary euthanasia.” It also creates a precedent for so-called “death panels,” which likewise threaten weaker members of society with extermination.
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