The ‘Dam Wall’ Collapses

Once a society legalises euthanasia, it is impossible to ensure that every act of euthanasia is, in fact, at the voluntary request of the ill or aged person.


This is evident from research into the practice of euthanasia in Holland. John Keown, a medical ethicist at Cambridge University in Britain, reported that in 1990 in Holland, 52% of the 10,558 cases of a doctor’s intent to hasten death were done with no explicit request from the patients involved.

Dr Keown said:

“The Dutch claim that their guidelines for VAE [voluntary active euthanasia] are precise and strict, and therefore capable of ensuring effective control, fails to pass muster.”

Likewise, in Belgium, where euthanasia was legalised in 2002, almost half of all nurses have admitted to killing patients without their consent.

Once the mindset of getting the terminally ill and the aged out of the way as quickly and easily as possible is accepted, it becomes increasingly certain that voluntary euthanasia leads to involuntary euthanasia.

Brian Pollard, an Australian palliative care expert, has said:

“Every proposal to legalise euthanasia has been shown to be flawed, and they have been widely abused when put into practice elsewhere. No proposal has ever been devised which could be guaranteed not to be abused.”


In reality, once killing a person is accepted as a solution in a few tough cases, the ‘dam wall’ collapses and it becomes the appropriate answer in many cases.

Let’s not take this dangerous step.


By |2019-12-17T01:07:10+11:00December 18th, 2019|Australia, Authors, Euthanasia, World|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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