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Turning the Tide: Dignity, Compassion And Euthanasia


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  • Directors: Pedro Guevara Mann
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Dolby, NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Vision Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2008
  • Run Time: 29 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0012FIJAA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #516,567 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In 2005, efforts to change the laws to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide were before the legislative bodies in Canada and California. In both cases the legislation did not pass. However, the efforts to legalize assisted suicide have not abated and will continue.

How do you frame the rules for killing, once killing is an accepted solution for human suffering?

What is the meaning of true compassion and dignity?

Catherine Frazee, Wesley Smith, Jean Echlin, Bobby Schindler (brother of Terri Schiavo), Adrian Dieleman and Senator Sharon Carstairs (former Chair of the Senate Committee on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, Canada) bring a wealth of personal experience and insight to a society that would be at risk if assisted suicide were legalized. They expose the oversimplification, flaws and myths surrounding safeguards, pain management and suffering.

Together they offer tangible solutions as to what needs to be done to improve the quality of life for all concerned and make a strong case that vulnerable people are directly threatened by euthanasia and assisted suicide. It's time to let our voices be heard because if the laws are changes, we'll be fighting for our lives.

It's time we started turning the tide. Alex Schadenberg, Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Bonus Features Include:
Fighting for our Lives
A Message on Living, Suffering and Dying
Extended interview segments with optional English subtitles
Optional audio descriptions
Widescreen

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Winston D. Jen on April 30, 2011
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I would like to begin by reminding all so-called pro-lifers that compassion does NOT mean to "suffer with" someone. The etymology of a word does not necessarily have anything to do with its modern meaning. In this case, especially. If suffering with sentient beings was actually sufficient, we would not even have Aspirin in the world today.

The emotional ploys touted in this documentary rely on ad-hoc justifications for opposing assisted dying. They love to cite cases of patients coming out of their suicidal depressions. Good for them. Doesn't mean everyone else should be forced to die naturally. And until they can ease the pain of the 25% of patients who rate THEIR OWN PAIN as "moderate to severe" when in a hospice, they have no right to claim the compassionate high ground.

In recent years, there has been a shift towards "secular" language in arguments against assisted dying. This pretense is entirely dispensed with in one of the DVD interviews, in which a well-fed, pompous individual (the CEO of Salt and Light Productions) entreats everyone to suffer and die naturally, while gorging himself on the largess of his flock. To me personally, this was the most revolting, callous and arrogant part of this "documentary." It trivialises suffering and discourages further developments in analgesia.

For the case against assisted dying to carry any weight, those who oppose patient autonomy at the end of life need to present a case that everyone should be forced to die naturally. Their emotional arguments may pull a few individuals to eschew painkillers and elect for a natural exit, but this doesn't logically extend into mandating a natural death for everyone else.
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