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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Euthanasia threatens most vulnerable

Summary

  • 15 June marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day
  • Elderly “lives are worth living”

VIENNA (14 June 2019) – 15 June is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day reminding us of the older people living in our society, often amongst the most vulnerable. According to the UN, 1 in 6 older people experience some form of abuse. With a growth in the elderly population on a global scale, this is a problem which is set to grow.

“A fair and just society cares for its most vulnerable. On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, we are called to remember the elderly members of our society who deserve the utmost respect and care. This includes caring for them in a humane way and helping them know that their lives are worth living. The legalization of euthanasia undermines this significantly. It implicitly tells those who are sick or old that they are a burden, pointing them towards euthanasia,” said Robert Clarke, Director of European Advocacy for ADF International.

The slippery slope of euthanasia laws

The introduction of euthanasia laws in European countries such as Belgium and the Netherlands have seen the numbers of euthanasia cases rise dramatically.

“The slippery slope is on full public display in Belgium, and we constantly 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, at best, implicitly tells its most vulnerable that their lives are not worth living. This is not an example other countries should follow,” said Paul Coleman, Executive Director of ADF International.

Read a commentary about World Elder Abuse Awareness Day here.

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