NZ Catholic agency outraged by Nitschke

The New Zealand Catholic Bioethics Centre has expressed it's distress over comments by Euthanasia advocate Dr Philip Nitschke saying he has an "appalling lack of understanding for the needs of the terminally and mentally ill."

Catholic Communications reports The Nathaniel Centre stated in a media release that "we are all ill-served by Dr Nitschke's impoverished view of end of life care and medical practice."

The statement was made in light of Dr Nitschke's comments in a NZ newspaper in which he said healthy people had the right to take their own life.

"If people are depressed our efforts need to be focused on restoring their self-worth and supporting them with our caring presence rather than simply providing them with a recipe to kill themselves while leaving them in their isolation," the media release stated.

"Care of the terminally ill and the depressed requires a holistic approach that also and necessarily addresses the spiritual, emotional and social dimensions of health and well-being.

"Dr Nitschke is also on record as saying that the knowledge he provides should be readily available to anyone who wants it, including the depressed, the elderly bereaved, the troubled teen. Is this where we really want to go in New Zealand society?"

The centre added that Dr Nitschke's message was the total opposite to that of the Mental Health Foundation.

Catholic Bioethics Agency critical of Dr Nitschke's comments (Catholic Communications 05/02/08)

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Healthy people can take own life: Nitschke (CathNews 05/02/08)

6 Feb 2008