Eluana Englaro died on Monday. She’d spent the last 17 years in a coma after a car crash. She passed away three days after doctors removed her feeding tubes.
Silvio Berlusconi says she was “killed”, Italian bishops agree with him.
Her father Beppino had campaigned to let his daughter die peacefully.
She died as the Italian senate were debating an emergency bill to keep her alive.
Eluana’s tragic case has sparked a fierce debate about the issue of euthanasia. It has similarities with the case of Terri Schiavo. She was in a persistent vegetative state after collapsing at her home in the United States in 1990. Despite a fight by her father, Terri’s husband Michael Schiavo fought a long legal battle to have her life support switched off in March 2005.
Terri Schiavo’s father, Bob, wrote a letter to Eluana Englaro’s father before Eluano died.
This type of death is cruel and barbaric. Advocates of euthanasia will tell you to starve and dehydrate a brain injured individual is painless. As a witness to this type of execution I can say this is not true.
If you intend to do this to your daughter, I suggest you prepare yourself for her suffering. She will be reduced to skin and bones. Her eyes will bulge out of their sockets. Her teeth will protrude abnormally and her cheekbones will be enlarged. Need I tell you more. She will suffer beyond belief.
Did Eluana Englaro die with dignity? Something her father believes. Or do you follow the view of Italian Prmie Minister Silvio Berlusconi
that was she killed?
On today’s programme we’ll discuss the “right to die”.