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Friday, November 16, 2012

Should Adults Encourage Teen Suicide?

The Hemlock Society wants to kill you. uses compassionate sounding rhetoric to plant its poison, but the fact is encouraging death is its passion. One of its founders, Derek Humphrey, killed his first wife, Jean, who had cancer (smothered her with a pillow) with the help of Ann, the woman who became his second wife. Then when Ann got cancer, he pressured her to kill herself which she finally did leaving behind a note saying, "You win." She also left behind a note for Rita Marker, a euthanasia opponent who had befriended her. Rita told Ann's story in Deadly Compassion.

And now this evil organization is urging young people to consider suicide with an essay contest for high school students that is even popping up in Catholic schools (Are they nuts?).

Hemlock Society Targets Teens:
Encouraging young people to reflect on suicide is a bad idea. According to, drawing on statistics from the Centers for Disease Control, while suicide as a whole has dropped from 13.2 per 100,000 persons in 1950 to 10.8 in 2003, suicide among those aged 5-14 has tripled from 0.2 to 0.6 per 100,000. In the same time period suicide among those aged 15-19 has more than tripled, rising from 2.7 per 100,000 to 7.3 per 100,000. In 2007, the CDC reported that suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for Americans age 10-14, the third leading cause of death for Americans aged 15-24, and the second leading cause of death for Americans aged 25-34.
The Hemlock Society may have changed its name to Compassion in Dying (which then became Compassion & Choices), but, as Derek Humphry's behavior shows, it's not about "compassion" for the dying, but convenience for the living. The only suffering Humphry was trying to alleviate was his own. And brainwashing kids to accept murder of the dying as "compassionate" smells of satanic sulphur!

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