Chris Van Es

Когда врачи убивают

ПРИНСТОН. Из всех аргументов против добровольной эвтаназии, самым убедительным является «скользкий путь»: однажды позволив врачам убивать пациентов, мы не сможем ограничиться убийством только тех людей, которые сами хотят умереть.

Пока не существует свидетельств подобному утверждению, даже после многих лет легального самоубийства с помощью врача или добровольной эвтаназии в Нидерландах, Бельгии, Люксембурге, Швейцарии и американском штате Орегон. Но недавние разоблачения того, что произошло в больнице Нового Орлеана после урагана Катрина, указывают на истинную опасность, исходящую совсем от другого источника.

Когда Орлеан был затоплен в августе 2005 года, поднимающаяся вода отрезала Мемориальный медицинский центр, муниципальную больницу, в которой находилось более 200 пациентов. Спустя три дня разразился ураган, в больнице не было электричества, прекратилась подача воды, и туалеты больше не смывались. Некоторые пациенты, которые зависели от дыхательных аппаратов, умерли.

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