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Ropstad critical to the progress of assisted suicide

Minister of Children and Families Kjell Ingolf Ropstad (Christian Democratic Party).Photo: Terje Bendiksby / NTB scanpix


The Human Ethical Association wants political progress into assisted suicide, but KrF leader Kjell Ingolf Ropstad says its unacceptable.

Ropstad tells Vårt Land that he strongly warns against the proposal for progression. According to the Minister for Children and Family Affairs, it’s a “known way” to work on that you first want just some progress and then you are on your way to legalization.

“This is moving in a certain direction, and I strongly fear that a progression will only be a first step on the road to introducing assisted suicide,” he says.

In August, the Human-Ethical Federation proposed a political inquiry, with the aim of raising a debate characterized by “emotional personal stories” and “trench rhetoric”.

Rather, Ropstad proposes life-support initiatives, an initiative advocates for assisted suicide often do not believe is in opposition to assisted suicide.

“I think we should also look at how to improve soothing treatment. We must ensure good treatment so that the elderly do not hurt, and then you will not need assisted suicide,” says Ropstad.

© NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today

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