WITH reference to B J Connell's letter (September 20) about assisted suicide, this issue has been discussed repeatedly in deliberations in this country and the result has been a determination to leave the law as it stands.
This is a subject of sorrow for us all, but death is not the end. All human-made law is imperfect. Many have to be protected from attempted suicide, which, when saved from, can often open the way for a fulfilled life.
The Nazi holocaust began in 1939 with the killing of 6,000 disabled children and 70,000 patients in geriatric and psychiatric institutions.
Leo Alexander, a psychiatrist who gave evidence at Nuremberg in 1949, said its beginnings were at first merely a subtle shift in emphasis in the basic attitude of the physicians.
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He said: "It started with the attitude, basic in the euthanasia movement, that there is such a thing as a life not worthy to be lived.
"This attitude in its early stages concerned itself merely with the severely and chronically sick. Gradually the sphere of those to be included in this category was enlarged to encompass the socially unproductive, the ideologically unwanted, the racially unwanted and finally all non-Germans."