- ADF International launches global campaign highlighting dangers of euthanasia laws
- 12 October marks World Hospice and Palliative Care day
VIENNA (11 October 2019) – Who has dignity? What does it mean for us to affirm the inherent dignity of every person? What does ‘dying with dignity’ really mean? Today, on World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, ADF International is launching the global Affirm Dignity | End Euthanasia campaign to answer these questions. It raises awareness around euthanasia laws and the threat they pose to society and individuals. The campaign encourages people to show their support by signing the Affirm Dignity Charter online.
“All people have inherent dignity, no matter their age or health condition. On World Hospice and Palliative Care Day, we should remind ourselves of the utmost respect and care the sick, suffering, elderly, and vulnerable in our society deserve; their lives are worth living. This international day also marks the launch of our international Affirm Dignity | End Euthanasia campaign. The legalization of euthanasia implicitly tells the most vulnerable that they are a burden. With this campaign, we want to send the opposite message,” said Robert Clarke, Director of European Advocacy for ADF International.
Euthanasia laws and the threat they pose to society
The introduction of euthanasia laws in European countries, such as Belgium and the Netherlands, have seen the number of the euthanasia deaths increase every year. In Belgium, these laws were amended in 2014 to also include children.
“The slippery slope is on full public display in Belgium, and we can clearly see the tragic consequences. According to the most recent government report, more than six people per day are killed in this way, and that may yet be the tip of the iceberg. The figures expose the truth that, once these laws are passed, the impact of euthanasia cannot be controlled. Belgium has set itself on a trajectory that implicitly tells its most vulnerable, including the elderly, that their lives are not worth living. This is not an example that other countries should follow,” said Paul Coleman, Executive Director of ADF International.
Affirm Dignity | End Euthanasia
Affirm Dignity | End Euthanasia informs about the reality of euthanasia through personal stories and testimonies, ongoing legal cases, and research into the impact of euthanasia on individuals and society. It encourages people all over the world to speak up for the right to life and affirm every person’s inherent dignity.
Visit AffirmDignity.org to access a wide range of resources, to engage by signing the Affirm Dignity | End Euthanasia Charter, and to share the campaign on social media.