Monday, October 13, 2008

Suicide book to go on-line?

Comment: it is worth noting the great success the British Government has had in reducing the number of suicides, with practical measures such as insisting that dangerous medicines be packaged in 'blister pack' form. This kind of mild inconvenience makes a difference to suicide numbers because they are so often acts of momentary despair or desperation, which the would-be suicide would think better of if given a chance. This policy now seems to be going into reverse: Government action seems designed to make suicide as easy as possible, especially for the elderly.

This book, the work of a private individual, should be stopped because it will give the means of death to people who might think better of it given even a few more minutes to think it over

From SPUC: Australian Right to Life is trying to get a suicide handbook taken off the internet. Dr Philip Nitschke was due to launch his publication in Britain today. Ms Margaret Tighe of Right to Life said he was a dangerous man. The authorities had to stop him. [ABC, 13 October]

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen