A leading Dutch euthanasia campaigner has said the UK is right to be concerned about the ‘slippery slope’ of assisted suicide which leads to vulnerable people ending their lives.
Dr Bert Keizer, who is a longstanding supporter of assisted suicide and a leading campaigner for euthanasia in the Netherlands has admitted people that opting for assisted suicide in the Netherlands has now gone well beyond the terminally ill and includes those just not content with life.
Dr Keizer has voiced his concerns as moves are made to extend assisted suicide to prisoners serving life sentences and disabled children whose parents believe their children’s suffering to be unbearable as well as mentally and physically healthy people who are just not content with life. It gives rise to euthanasia being used as an easy way out, rather than what it was supposedly originally intended for – to end the suffering of those with terminal conditions.
Euthanasia has consistently been rejected in the UK by both the courts who have maintained it is for Parliament to decide on and Parliament itself who have always voted strongly to uphold the law as it stands.
Last month, the battle for the end of life returned to the headlines when Andrew Mitchell MP who is now a leading campaigner for reform on assisted suicide suggested attitudes towards it are changing within Parliament, predicting the law could be changed within the next four years.
As the battle to protect the dignity of the end of life heats up it is important we realise this is all part of the wider spiritual battle being played out in society. It is right we respond with compassion towards those suffering, but ending life can never be the right choice to make.
Supporters of euthanasia consistently claim they are only seeking limited reforms to provide options to those with terminal illnesses. However, as the comments from Dr Keizer which amount to a warning show, the best way to protect life is by upholding it through the law. Once assisted suicide is permitted in certain circumstances, it is far harder to stop the law being watered down further.
So many in the church are unaware of church how real the threat of assisted suicide is. Just because battles have been won in the past does not mean the war is over. We must up our prayers and pray public opinion will support life.
There is a demonic agenda at play to undermine life. God is the author of life, the devil of death. It is no surprise the devil wants to push a culture of death, our job is to support and protect life from the beginning to the end and advocate for the preciousness of life itself.
Now is the time to speak out, now is the time to stand up for life before it is too late. If the law on assisted suicide in the UK is changed we may never be able to change it back. We cannot take life for granted, especially when there is an enemy marauding around intent on promoting death.