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Swedish MPs tout assisted suicide

Published: 11 Oct 2011 17:04 GMT+02:00
Updated: 11 Oct 2011 17:04 GMT+02:00

The network, while actively seeking a change in the law, is shrouded in a cloak of secrecy with the group's founder, Eva Flyborg, unwilling to divulge the identity of members.

"The atmosphere is such that we do not want to tell you how many we are or who is involved. Euthanasia is an issue which stirs up a lot of emotion," Flyborg told the Riksdag & Departement newspaper.

Flyborg told the newspaper that the network includes representatives from "in principle" all of the parliamentary parties.

Flyborg, together with Frederick Federley and Staffan Danielsson of the Centre Party, and Helena Leander of the Green Party, have penned a motion to call on the government to act for a change in legislation outlawing the practice.

"It is not worthy of Sweden in the 2000s for seriously ill people to be tormented and tortured to death," Flyborg argued, claiming that "between 80 and 90 percent" of the Swedish population support the idea of being of control of the last days of one's life.

Flyborg explained that the issue of euthanasia remains controversial in Sweden and compared the debate to when abortion was discussed in the 1970s.

She characterised the debate as a division between religious groups arguing for the sanctity of God's creation and those arguing for the right to one's own body.

Flyborg argued that it was time for Sweden's politicians to catch up with the Swedish people and act on the issue.

The issue has received a great deal of media attention recently in connection with the trial of a 57-year-old doctor for the manslaughter of a three-month-old baby that was born prematurely and was expected to die shortly of brain damage.

The case is exceptional because legal procedures against doctors are very rare in Sweden, where malpractice cases usually go before the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) with no criminal ramifications.

Furthermore it has raised concerns in medical circles, leaving doctors uncertain and wary of performing certain operations for fear of legal consequences.

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17:41 October 11, 2011 by Indignerad
This should have been legal already, especially in a country with an otherwise good track record of social liberties like Sweden.
18:07 October 11, 2011 by ctinej
I support this 100%.
18:43 October 11, 2011 by Stephen Sweden
Euthanasia with now a little nudge forward called assisted. Aren't we having fun in downtown Sweden. Then the age for euthanasia followed by overhead costs for hire of a room or why not go for cut price and call in the assistants to bedside. We at AS (Assisted Suicide) aim to make these moments unforgetable with a follow up DVD and a message to family members. The Premium account offers music to die for played by the Rosettes who play for reasonable rates and all with a free fruit cocktail. Come let us show you the way, you know it makes sense. Your coma could go on for ages. I know we cannot say why people just wake up, we simply do not know enough, but how can you refuse our tidy, out+of+the+way offer. We offer the short but sweet method and remember you are next. Byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
19:57 October 11, 2011 by cattie
The triage system of the queues from healthcare serve as a camoflauged route to bureaucratic euthanasia in Sweden. Many people can recall the story of some elderly friend or family member who was put out to pasture through long-queues. Some treatments are simply not offered after a certain age. Well, at least they offer pallitive care, right?
19:57 October 11, 2011 by Addendum
Sweden's Ministry of Health (Socialstyrelsen) cannot be trusted. Years of intentional, serial underfunding have costs thousands of lives and ruined the quality of life for thousands more. Sweden already lets people die by denying them treatment, period, or by denying them timely treatment.

This "your right to die when you choose" is code for "Sweden saves money by denying people treatment, and Sweden will save even more money when the sick believe (falsely) that there's no hope and are therefore urged to kill themselves. Sweden won't have to supply end-of-life care either." In this murdering authoritarian medical state, it's a ploy to free up hospital beds and elderly facilities marketed in the guise of providing a right.

While life-saving treatments are accessible in other countries, taxpayers in Sweden will be told there's nothing to be done (like they already do) but the state will help them die. It's a win-win situation full of financial gain for the monsters who steal tax money and dictate the lives of the populace. Sweden is a dystopian nightmare with doctors whose doctors have the bedside manner of the Grim Reaper.

In Sweden, if you're not a taxpaying slave or breeding taxpaying slaves, then the authorities leave you to die.
20:25 October 11, 2011 by cattie
@addendum

Thanks for articulating more boldly than I the true nature of this situation.

Sweden is moving back towards the days when elderly "statare" threw themselves off a cliff when they were too old to get an annual work contract.
20:49 October 11, 2011 by Stephen Sweden
Oh there are treatments on offer. According to your bank account we at Assisted Suicide can offer you sweet nothing, a little or a premium treatment. Don't worry we will not press to heavily for where the money came from. Our service is discreet. You can depend on us.

A Last Letter to Your Dying Wife-husband.

Darling, it does say on this piece of legislation you have to go by tomorrow. Rules being rules and myself being an obedient citizen l am afraid there is nothing l can do. I realise there are many deaths in life but this one is official and who am l to argue. After tomorrow, due to medicines available to some but not you, your life must end. Tomorrow darling l am going to murder every foul minded person l can find on this unlevel playing surface and make lampshades out of them. Remember. Obey the rules.
22:06 October 11, 2011 by swedejane
Just call for an ambulance...de facto euthanasia.
04:29 October 12, 2011 by anonymous4
Has anyone witnessed a person who has been talked into a morphine drip to die? It is the most gruesome sight and emotions for both the dieing, the family, and those administering the death. There is no turning back even if the patient and/or family requests that the patient has changed their mind.
12:36 October 12, 2011 by Grokh
we live in a free society why not, however just like most things it has to be looked at closely so it wont be abused.
15:39 October 13, 2011 by cogito
Stephen Sweden, Addendum, Cattie and others...

Yours are probably the most lucid comments I've seen here in years.

Socialstyrelsen (Ministry of Health) = Death Panels for the non-breeding, non-productive. The triage looks something like this:

First out, elderly women.

Second, elderly men=out

Most favored: women of breeding age and working (Swedish) men between the age of 25 and 60.

Immigrants...forget about it.
15:22 October 14, 2011 by tadchem
Does it count as euthanasia if one assists in an INVOLUNTARY suicide?
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