A Swiss canton has passed a regulation that all nursing homes in its jurisdiction that accept government funding must cooperate with assisted suicide. The nursing homes must set aside a death room where suicide assisters from the ghoulish organization Exit will kill people. If anyone from the home tries to stop these assisted suicides, the patient who wants to die can complain.
Here are the rigorous (!) regulations:
The law establishes some conditions for such procedures. The disease or condition must be serious and incurable and other end-of-life options must be discussed.
Notice, if this were relevant, that "serious and incurable" doesn't even mean "fatal," much less that the person is presently dying. Not that it would be right deliberately to kill the person if he were presently dying, either, but one just gets so tired of the dishonest claims of strict regulations and restrictions after a while.
Notice, too, that there is no mention of guarding people with dementia from "choosing" this option without full understanding or under pressure. Nor is this point merely theoretical. Suicide is not illegal for dementia patients in Switzerland.
Considering that all or nearly all nursing homes in the U.S. accept Medicare, it is difficult to counsel them all to stop accepting government funds. But this story is just another reminder of the strings that can be attached. People with consciences who want to help others need to be thinking about this point at all times. Rather than looking for further ways to get government funding, they need to be looking for further ways to do without government funding, because at this point the confirmation is overwhelming: It will always come back to haunt your institution later on.
This sort of thing will happen in the United States. Using funding as a means of control is a very old game in the U.S., so old that it is almost passe. It's an obvious thing for the "death with dignity" types to do, and they will probably start it on a state-by-state basis. An attempt to force facilities to cooperate with suicide was already made in California in 2007. The law would have required all nursing homes and hospices to allow assisted suicide on the premises. I have been unable to discover whether the bill passed or not. I think it did not pass. In the name of honesty I should add that the California law does not even appear to have used the excuse of targeting facilities that receive government funding. It simply imposed its requirement on healthcare facilities across the board.
But it would seem even more "logical," by some people's notion of what is logical, to impose this on facilities that receive government funding.
More and more disengagement from the government and more and more willingness to engage in civil disobedience are going to be required from healthcare workers and from those who run healthcare facilities. It is inevitable as our Western governments become more and more committed to enforcing the culture of death.