Fatalities from H5N1 Bird Flu are projected to be 50%, but more to the point, many infected survivors will suffer chronic debilitation and disability.
Chronic disease already is epidemic world wide, creating a heavy economic burden for most nations. A prevention strategy for animal-to-human diseases
was outlined long ago but never supported, although microbiologists and other scientists have been warning world leaders for decades about the
dangers. The last attempt to gain international support for prevention failed at the emergency Bird Flu meeting in Ottawa on October 23. On Monday,
October 31, Canada's Parliament discussed Bill C-407. This proposed legislation will legalize assisted suicide, specifically targeted to people who
are chronically ill. Bill C-407 is scheduled for a second review and vote at the end of November. "Bill C-407 is a direct threat to the lives of the
people with disabilities, people with chronic physical and mental pain and other vulnerable Canadians. If Parliament supports this Bill in any form it
is placing the lives of vulnerable Canadians at material risk," says Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
(EPC). In the USA, Patrick Trueman, Senior Legal Counsel for Family Research Council (FRC) says Supreme Court Judges Justices Souter, Ginsberg, and
Stevens have indicated their receptivity to arguments for legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide.
Bill C-407, the private-members bill proposing to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide is scheduled for its first hour of debate in Parliament on
Monday, October 31, 2005.
According to Alex Schadenberg, Executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC), "Bill C-407 is a direct threat to the lives of the
people with disabilities, people with chronic physical and mental pain and other vulnerable Canadians. If Parliament supports this Bill in any form it
is placing the lives of vulnerable Canadians at material risk."
(Bill C-407) to allow assisted suicide
would create a slippery slope that could lead to the kind of eugenics program that took place in Nazi Germany
, Conservative MP Jason Kenney
However, author of the bill, Montreal MP Francine Lalonde says the slippery slope is the current situation, where assisted suicide is already quietly
taking place in hospitals and hospices across Canada without any rules or guidelines. ..."I have talked with doctors over the years who have helped
people die ... who say there are a lot (of assisted suicides)."
COLF called elected representatives to reject Bill C-407 and instead encourage the government to devote more resources to home care, palliative care
and research on pain control. “It is necessary to eliminate the suffering and not the
patient, the pain and not the dying person,”
Questioning from Justices Souter, Ginsberg, and Stevens indicated receptivity to arguments that would take
America down this dangerous path
," said Patrick Trueman, Senior Legal Counsel for Family Research Council (FRC).
Also see: US Supreme
Court Receptive to Arguments for Legalizing Assisted Suicide
Prevention Strategy Dissed in Ottawa
Dr. Alejandro Thiermann, adviser to the director general of the OIE, said... "So far, it is our opinion, that
the international community has drastically underinvested in the
required to support this vitally important program." ..."We know that farmers in many of these countries are destitute
and if in one of these countries, a very poor farmer decides not take the necessary means, something will happen, unfortunately," (Canada's Prime
Minister) Martin said. "And if it happens in an Asian country - it will happen here as well."
Fears of a bird flu pandemic among people has seriously hampered efforts to prevent the spread of an outbreak among birds because
not enough money is being spent on prevention and surveillance
"All of these measures are good, but they are only the second line of defense," UN Food and Agriculture Organization head Jacques Diouf told AFP.
"The real battleground is on the animal front."
“It doesn’t look to us quite rational that we would be ready to spend so much
money on the second line of defence
and then on the first line of the combat field, we’re not putting even $100 million,” Diouf said in an
Many of the countries most affected are poor and lack the money either for proper surveillance or to pay farmers compensation for animals that need to
be culled, he said. ..."Much more medium- and long-term strategic and material input is
required for countries and regions to be in a sufficiently strong position to avert further damage to industry and global human health,"
If the bird flu pandemic does materialize, many fear the rich will
live, and the poor will die.
"Just imagine the ethical, political and security implications of a world where only rich countries have access to
life-saving drugs or vaccines, and the rest of the world stands while they march towards death," Frenk (Mexico's health minister) said in an
interview. "That is an unsustainable scenario."
"Speed is life,"
said a (US) Health and Human Services Department official, who
asked not to be named. ..."With proper coordination, we might be able to intervene in time."
Bird Flu and Beyond: Chronic Disease to Kill 400 Million
Bird Flu, and the "Neglected Epidemic"
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"The preservation of health is a duty. Few seem conscious that there is such a thing as physical morality," wrote Herbert Spencer, a leader of the
early eugenics movement. His statement concisely summarizes current public health policies that focus on "personal responsibility in health," but
which ignore the fact that this world is rife with disease-causing contamination, pollution, and rampant infectious disease. Equally important, and
also ignored, is the fact that no one has any immunity to most modern diseases because they are new mutations.
"Nobody can predict what nature's imagination can do, so we have to be prepared,"
Dr. David Butler-Jones, Canada's chief public health officer, told a news conference in Ottawa.
"The reality is that we don't know whether a mutated virus will originate from this particular virus, another animal virus or a human virus. This
doesn't change the need for our advance planning and preparation in order to minimize the impact."
Assisted suicide and euthanasia are linked historically to the eugenics movement. Hitler's legislation for concentration camps was based almost
verbatim on a 1926 US Supreme Court ruling in support of state eugenics legislation. The last US eugenics laws were taken off the books in the 1970's.
Canada too had eugenics laws: compulsory sterilization laws targeted alcoholics, epileptics, the mentally ill, sexually deviant and feeble minded,
while provinces denied voting rights to Chinese immigrants, aboriginal peoples, "Hindus," and Japanese, for example.
* Though they were taken to a much higher extreme, many of Hitler's early racial policies were taken word for word from American eugenics policies.
...Some of the Nazi “racial hygiene laws”, such as the Act for Averting Descendants with Hereditary Diseases, were based on eugenic theory and
policy that was popular in North America.
* In the 1860s in British Colombia, first, Chinese immigrants and aboriginal peoples, and later, "Hindus" and Japanese were * denied the right to
* 1931 At this time, over thirty American states, as well as parts of Canada, have compulsory sterilization laws in place. People diagnosed as
alcoholic, epileptic, mentally ill, sexually deviant or feeble minded where potential candidates.
* An independent (Canadian) MP named A.W. Neill was something of a star in these debates. In 1936 he argued against Japanese enfranchisement, saying a
petition from the affected community was "sob stuff" and "claptrap," and "Canada must remain white."
* 1948: The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed: "Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this
Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin,
birth or other status;" and "Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to
found a family."
Eugenics and the new genetics.Eugenics
The Joseph and Rose Kennedy Institute of Ethics
Eugenics theory claims that some people are genetically superior, and others are genetically inferior. According to eugenicists, genetically inferior
people are susceptible to disease, bad habits, and bad characters. Genetically superior people, say eugenicists, are naturally immune, smarter, more
capable, and creative, and have better characters. The eugenics movement promotes population control to manage the human herd by removing the
genetically inferior, promoting breeding between genetically superior specimens, and supporting genetically superior individuals in positions of
political power. Notably, genetically superior people are identifiable primarily by their wealth.
Whatever its intent, Bill C-407 supports eugenics theory and involuntary
"assisted suicide." There are two categories of "assisted suicide,"
voluntary and forced, and several types of "assistance."
Categories of assisted suicide and euthanasia:
The patient requests assisted suicide to avoid the pain and/or reduced quality of life resulting from chronic disease,
Killing a person who has not explicitly expressed a wish to die, but who might be a burden on society due to disability
or debilitation, for example.
Types of assisted suicide and euthanasia:
When a doctor gives a patient the information and means (like pills) to commit suicide.
Withholding or taking away vaccines, drugs, or treatments needed to live, or a feeding tube or life support, so the person
dies as a result.
Killing people by injecting them with a lethal dose of drugs, for example.
Bill C-407 opens the door to all types of assisted suicide, according to Alex Schadenberg, Executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
(EPC). He says, "This bill is a serious attack on vulnerable Canadians, including people with disabilities, the chronic sufferers of physical or
mental pain, the frail elderly and the poor. These people need to be protected." While Bill C-407 purports to require the patient's voluntary request
for assisted suicide, Schadenberg outlines the Bill's flaws, and shows how it leaves the door wide open for involuntary or forced euthanasia:
Bill C-407 Legalizes All Types of Assisted Suicide
Schadenberg points out that Bill C-407:
• Legalizes euthanasia and assisted suicide for people suffering chronic physical and mental pain. Chronic physical and mental pain can be
• Does not require that a person at least try effective treatments for their chronic physical or mental pain. It states that a person qualifies for
euthanasia even if they have refused to try effective treatments
• Legalizes euthanasia and assisted suicide for people who "appear to be lucid" and doesn’t define what appear to be lucid means.
• Allows anyone to euthanize or assist the suicide of a person, so long as they are "assisted by a medical practitioner"
Scientists have been recommending prevention strategies for some time, which provide an alternative to assisted suicide and the return to eugenics
policies. They haven't quit yet, although it's down to the wire.
14 September 2004: The World Health Organization (WHO) has urged countries to put in place preventive measures and enhance preparedness ready
for the possible re-emergence of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and avian influenza A (H5N1) in humans. ...avian influenza A(H5N1), hit at
least nine countries in Asia in early 2004. The virus has the potential to jump from birds to humans.
Most countries, however, lack comprehensive programmes to prevent
animal-to-human transmission of zoonotic diseases.
May 26, 2005 (CIDRAP News) Summary – The British
magazine Nature trained a floodlight on the threat of an influenza pandemic today with a collection of 10 articles that explore the danger and
possible remedies and demand a more serious global response.
May 26 Nature, with links to articles and commentaries on bird flu
'Controlling avian flu at the source'
Global agricultural authorities should harmonize with the public-health sector to ensure the exchange of flu virus samples, and establish a single
international standard for vaccines that could reduce viral loads below the transmissible level, say Robert Webster and Diane Hulse.
Our leaders routinely dismiss prevention strategy recommendations, and few options remain - except assisted suicide/euthanasia. The economic burdens
created by the chronic disease epidemic already threaten to bankrupt most nations. Supporting chronically ill survivors of the bird flu pandemic
break the camel's back. And as Dr. David Butler-Jones said, bird flu is not the only problem, "The reality is that we don't know whether a
mutated virus will originate from this particular virus, another animal virus or a human virus. This doesn't change the need for our advance planning
and preparation in order to minimize the impact."
The threat to humanity is right next
...the apocalyptic eventuality that keeps some health experts awake at night is a global human flu pandemic. This would make last year’s tsunami
look like a storm in a teacup. Billions infected. Tens of millions dead. Mass panic. Mass chaos. Hospitals overloaded. Food stocks dwindling. The
global economy in a wreck as trade drops. Communities closing doors to outsiders. The army taking over?. Get the picture?
Pundits say Bill C-407 is a trial balloon, and unlikely to pass. However, writes one critic, "It’s so glaringly bad that the next effort will look
humane by comparison."
The next effort will look humane by comparison
Believe it or not, there’s something worse than the worst euthanasia legislation in the world. ...The worst euthanasia legislation is the one
that’s currently before Parliament. Bill C-407 would provide practical carte blanche to kill anyone, anytime, for any reason. ...Bill C-407 is so
bad that even the federal justice minister is opposed to it. One hopes and prays that members of Parliament will have no difficulty seeing this
monstrosity for what it is and reject it without hesitation. ...Bill C-407 does, however, have one thing going for it. The carnage it would bring
about is so obvious that the only way it could be supported is through hopeless naivete or wilful callousness. ...On the other hand, once it’s
defeated, more euthanasia legislation will eventually be introduced, as surely as day follows night, and the next bill probably won’t be so
transparently deficient. Indeed, Bill C-407 might almost be described as a backdoor attempt to introduce euthanasia in Canada. It’s so glaringly bad
that the next effort will look humane by comparison.
Whatever the rest of the world may do about bird flu, chronic disease, and other invisible epidemics, Canada, as a member in good standing of the
Corporate State of North America, has chosen assisted suicide/euthanasia as the preferred solution. In the absence of an educated public outcry, it's
just a matter of time before the enabling legislation is passed.