February 6 , 2002
U.S. Assisted-Suicide Activists Export Suicide to the Depressed
in Ireland: Not Dead Yet Calls for Extradition of Perpetrators
Two American assisted-suicide activists have been reported by the
Irish press to have been involved in the suicide of a depressed woman,
Rosemary Toole Gilhooley. This unfortunate woman was depressed and
did not have a known serious physical problem. The American assisted-suicide
activists were thought to have received substantial sums of money
for assisting in the suicide, according to the Irish Times, February
Diane Coleman of Not Dead Yet, a disabilities rights group, is calling
for the quick extradition of the American perpetrators. A Unitarian
minister, Dr. Exoo, who is thought to have been involved, is scheduled
to be interviewed by the FBI in a few days.
Dr. Gregory Hamilton, a psychiatrist and spokesperson for Physicians
for Compassionate Care, says his organization joins Not Dead Yet
in decrying the dangerous devaluing of human life by American assisted-suicide
activists who are exporting suicide to the depressed in other countries.
The seriously ill have been targeted first and now the depressed.
The rest of the disabilities community is threatened next.