My doctor is killing me!

My doctor is killing me! Well, maybe not. In a society that values life, doctors are trained to “do no harm”. Unless a doctor is a psychopath or incompetent, or practising beyond his capabilities, I can be confident that my doctor has my best interests in mind.

Any course of treatment that he proposes is designed to “do no harm”. Yes, I know that sometimes some treatments may have detrimental side effects, but the intention is to fight my disease and prolong my life.

But, once euthanasia or medically-assisted dying is legalised, I cannot be certain if my doctor – at the behest of vested interests – has determined that my life is no longer worth living and is actively seeking to kill me.

 

Perhaps family members – who are destined to inherit from my estate – have persuaded my doctor that it’s time for me to go, even if I have not requested euthanasia (something that is already happening in the Netherlands and Belgium where euthanasia was legalised more than a decade ago).

Perhaps my health insurer has told my doctor that they will not cover the cost of that complicated procedure but will cover the cost of administering that end-of-life pill (something that’s happening in some US States where euthanasia is now legal).

Once a society legalises euthanasia and gives a ‘licence’ to some doctors to intentionally kill their patients, it forever changes the relationship between doctor and patient. We would no longer be certain that our doctor is seeking to “do no harm”.

Let’s not take this dangerous step.

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By |2019-12-07T12:20:23+11:00December 6th, 2019|Australia, Authors, Euthanasia, Life|0 Comments

About the Author:

Brian was born in New Zealand in 1959, moved to Australia when he was five, and has lived in Queensland since. Raised in a family in which politics was a major focus, Brian had intended to gain tertiary qualifications that would serve as a ‘launching pad,’ for a career in politics.

It was the political turmoil in Australia at the end of 1975 that caused Brian to rethink the direction of his life. Until then, he had been committed to the politics of the Left and preparing himself to join the political fray once he reached university. Karl Marx and his writings were part of family conversations.

Brian was also an ardent atheist, dismissive of all religious belief and derisive of those who chose to believe in any supernatural dimension. However, in 1976 in his final year in secondary school, Brian opened a Bible for the first time in his life and discovered that it made sense. He found a new meaning to life and encountered the Person of Jesus Christ in a life-changing way. After a couple of years studying Medicine at the University of Queensland, Brian responded to a sense of call to study for pastoral ministry.

He and Caroline were married in January 1981, and he began studies at the then Baptist Theological College of Queensland.

Since 1983, Brian has been involved in pastoral work in Baptist Churches in Queensland. He has pastored four churches – two of which he planted – and has been pastoring his current church since it commenced in 1996. He also has a passion for Christian schooling and was instrumental in the establishment of a Christian College in the community in which he lives; his wife, Caroline, teaches at that school. He is also President of the Bundaberg Branch of Cherish Life Queensland.

Brian has complete confidence in the truthfulness and trustworthiness of the Bible, and seeks to enable people to understand the reality of God and to apply this worldview consistently in their lives. If Jesus Christ is Lord – as the Bible declares Him to be – then He is Lord over all things, and not just over religious or spiritual things.

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