The war on human life continues unabated in the Western world. The Daily Mail revealed on Sunday a doctor named Nicholas Gideonse has been convincing terminally ill individuals to come to Oregon so he can help them commit suicide and in the process turning Oregon into a “death tourism” state.
Gideonse currently practices medicine at the Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) Primary Care Clinic in Portland. At the same time, he also serves as the director of End of Life Choices in Oregon.
Gideonse is also a radical-left political activist. His Facebook page shows him supporting the Marxist Black Lives Matters clowns and the environmental extremist Sunrise Movement.
The Oregon physician recently told a panel that he was convincing terminally ill out-of-state residents to travel to Oregon so he could help them end their lives despite this not being quite legal yet. The state last year agreed to extend access to doctor-assisted suicide to non-residents, but this is not expected to be codified into law until later this year.
Gideonse caused the state to move toward altering the assisted suicide law, which currently allows terminally ill Oregonians with less than six months to live to request doctors provide them a fatal dose of drugs they generally use at home.
The doctor whined the requirement blocked him from providing deadly drugs to patients in Washington state, where assisted suicide is also legal. Oregon health chiefs caved to his avarice for more patients last year and agreed to lift the residency rule.
Now Gideonse is going beyond Washington and persuading terminally ill patients even from states where assisted suicide is illegal to come to Oregon so he can help them end their lives.
Critics now expect this new “death tourism” industry started by Oregon thanks in part to Gideonese will spread to other states. They also fear state euthanasia laws could eventually resemble Canada’s, where people can be euthanized for non-terminal reasons such as hearing loss.
Here is what they are saying:
Matt Vallière, executive director of the Patients Rights Action Fund, a campaign group, said America’s medical aid-in-dying (MAiD) rules were already ‘flimsy and easy to circumvent’ and that allowing suicide tourism deepened the problems of a flawed system.
‘You end up in this Wild West scenario where people take the drugs back to their home states, and there are a lot more questions than there are answers about what would happen after that,’ Vallière said.
Diane Coleman, president of Not Dead Yet, another campaign group, said the clinic and Oregon officials were bypassing laws in other states, where lawmakers had decided against having their own assisted suicide rules.
‘Many view these laws as a danger to people with serious illnesses, chronic conditions and significant disabilities in our cost-conscious healthcare system,’ Coleman said.
One would be remiss not to mention that Gideonse is a protege of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, one of the most prolific murderers in American history. His crimes were so notorious he earned the apt nickname “Dr. Death.”
Death and suffering causes untold heartache everyday for Americans but letting doctors like Gideonse help kill patients is not the answer. The advocates for assisted suicide will not stop with terminally ill patients as we have seen with Kevorkian and Canada but instead push to create a culture which completely devalues human life.