Some time ago several teenagers in the Bridgend, South Wales, area committed suicide over a relatively short period of time. Around 2007/2008 in the course of one year, some thirteen teenagers committed suicide in the area, and many believe that the deaths were linked to websites promoting suicide and to suicide pacts. Whatever the reason, and whether there was a link between all or any of them, the sadness and grief that affected the community will never go away altogether, for the loss of a young life in this way remains with the families of the victims for ever.
Now we learn that Dr Philip Nitschke, (alias Dr Death), who is a zealous campaigner for the legalisation of assisted suicide, is promoting his warped ideas and beliefs to teenage schoolchildren in the UK in a film which shows a machine designed to deliver lethal injections being demonstrated. The film is already being shown across the country, many of the children subjected to it being as young as fourteen. The film also shows Nitschke giving workshops on the various assisted suicide methods.
The startling fact is that this film is being shown with the blessing of the Government and the Minister of Education. If the Government did not sanction it then it would not be happening. So now we can thank the UK Government for dragging the value of human life even further down into the miry pit.
It is my belief that showing this film to teenagers, many of whom find this particular stage of their lives difficult to cope with, to say the least, will encourage some to commit suicide as a way out of the problems of growing up. To say that it is irresponsible of the Government to allow it is understating the fact. It is unethical, unneeded and unforgivable.