CORK University Hospital and the HSE will host and fund a lecture promoting euthanasia.
This weekend (Friday March 13) MEP Kathy Sinnott obtained a copy of the invitation to the HSE’s invite-only lecture, ‘Why Euthanasia should be legalised.’
Notice of this lecture comes in the same week that the HSE was told they must find €1.2bn in cuts to its budget. The speaker Professor Len Doyal is an open proponent of both voluntary and non-voluntary Euthanasia and the lecture is not open to the public but to medical professionals only.
He is quoted as saying: “Some supporters of euthanasia remain silent about non-voluntary euthanasia, presumably because they believe that focusing on voluntary euthanasia offers a better chance of legalisation. Proponents of voluntary euthanasia should support non-voluntary euthanasia under appropriate circumstances and with proper regulation,"
Speaking about the event Kathy Sinnott, MEP for Munster has said that ‘until recently no-one believed Euthanasia could be legalised in this country but having seen it passed into law in other EU countries the possibility seems less remote.’
“Luxembourg, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Belgium have all legalised euthanasia and it’s coming up for discussion in the Scottish Parliament shortly so the possibility of it becoming a reality in Ireland is not unthinkable,” she said.
“It may be a coincidence, but the fact that the government has sponsored this lecture for the medical staff of CUH in the same week that it is seeking to cut €1.2 billion from the health budget sends shivers down my spine.”
“The government is already cutting essential services to vulnerable people based on the rationing of resources. And to bring in a world renowned proponent of
Euthanasia who is also an expert on the rationing of medical resources, during a recession is frightening.”
The government’s funding of this lecture is unacceptable and cannot be allowed to go forward. Our aging people need to be protected and thanked for all they have done in the difficult formation of this country. This is the wrong message and the people of Ireland will not tolerate it.”