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article imageBaroness Warnock: Demented People Have A 'Duty To Die' For The Sake Of Society

By Susan Duclos     Sep 19, 2008 in Politics
Baroness Warnock aka Lady Warnock is a veteran UK Government adviser who deals with medical ethics. Warnock believes the "demented" are " wasting people's lives – your family's lives – and you're wasting the resources of the National Health Service."
According to The Telegraph, 700,000 people in UK suffer from degenerative diseases such as Alzheimers and experts predict by 2026 there will be one million dementia sufferers costing the National Health Service an approximate £35billion a year. ($64,344,971,304.98 in U.S. currency)
Helen Mary Warnock is an advocate for euthanasia and believes people should be able to opt for euthanasia even if they are not in pain, for the sake of their family and society, they have, in her words a "duty to die."
Warnock states, if people cannot care for themselves she hopes others will be "licensed to put others down."
The Baroness also believes prisoners who do not wish to be a burden on society should also be allowed to be euthanized.
But in her latest interview, given to the Church of Scotland's magazine Life and Work, Lady Warnock goes further by claiming that dementia sufferers should consider ending their lives through euthanasia because of the strain they put on their families and public services.
Warnock wrote an article recently called "Duty to Die" in which she argues there is nothing wrong with deciding to die for the sake of others.
In her own words she states, "I think that's the way the future will go, putting it rather brutally, you'd be licensing people to put others down."
Her words have brought about some criticisms from different quarters, such as the chief executive of the Alzheimer's Society, Neil Hunt, who says, "I am shocked and amazed that Baroness Warnock could disregard the value of the lives of people with dementia so callously.
"With the right care, a person can have good quality of life very late in to dementia. To suggest that people with dementia shouldn't be entitled to that quality of life or that they should feel that they have some sort of duty to kill themselves is nothing short of barbaric."
Others leveling criticism at Warnock include the executive director of the campaign group Right to Life, Phyllis Bowman, who asserts, "It sends a message to dementia sufferers that certain people think they don't count, and that they are a burden on their families. It's a pretty uncivilised society where that is the primary consideration. I worry that she will sway people who would like to get rid of the elderly."
The Conservative MP for Mid-Bedfordshire, Nadine Dorries, declares Warnock's words as "extremely irresponsible."
Others are calling her comments "immoral" and "barbaric."
Warnock's ideas stem from the fact that the National Health Service, which is the publicly-funded healthcare systems of the United Kingdom, cannot afford to continue carrying the weight of all the people's healthcare, therefore she believes those suffering from dementia and other degenerative diseases have a duty to die for the good of society.
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