The prospect of opening a suicide clinic
in his home town of Adelaide has brought out the hidden human side of
euthanasia activist Dr Philip Nitschke. Today’s Australian featured a tender
picture of Dr Nitschke holding the hands of his 90-year-old mother Gweneth
Nitschke. She is a fan of his project to open up a clinic where people can
access information and equipment about how to kill themselves.

“I
wholeheartedly agree with the need for a specialist clinic if the laws change.
I have seen friends suffer. If I found myself in a terminal situation like
that, I would like to be able to choose what I wanted to do. I expect to live
to see a clinic open that helps people with the right to choose to die. I hope
to see that day, and I hope it comes quickly.”

Dr Nitschke is searching for a suitable
location while the South Australian parliament considers another euthanasia
bill. He hopes the open a clinic as soon as euthanasia is legalised. However,
even supporters of the bill – which is far from certain to pass – have
distanced themselves from his plan. ~ Australian, March 29

Michael Cook

Michael Cook is the editor of MercatorNet.