Culture of death Archives
July 18, 2013
Choice Devours itself: Old ladies don't really choose to accept spoon feeding
Canadian Margot Bentley was, when she was compos mentis, a big advocate of euthanasia and other pro-death ideas. She wrote up an explicitly pro-death living will directing that she be euthanized if she could no longer recognize her children and also that she not be kept alive by "heroic measures" or "artificial means" as well as that "no nourishment or liquids" be given to her if she were "beyond recovery." Now she has Alzheimer's. Since Canada isn't (yet) Holland, Alzheimer's patients are not euthanized even based on previous statements that they want to be. (Good.) And as it turns out, Margot Bentley doesn't require any "heroic measures" or "artificial means" to receive nutrition or liquids. She's being spoon fed and is taking the spoon feedings.
Or, as the National Post article puts it, she is "kept alive only through regular spoon feeding." You know, like babies are "kept alive only through regular bottle feeding." The National Post also snippily informs us that Vancouver has no "shortage of seniors" who are dying more handily than Margot, so obviously there is something wrong here.