Australian Euthanasia Advocate Who Committed Suicide was Cancer-Free says Autopsy

QUEENSLAND, June 9, 2004 ( - Two years ago, Nancy Crick claimed that she was dying and ran a website to record her progress in what had been assumed to be the final stages of bowel cancer. On May 22, 2002, Crick committed suicide with 21 people present. Now Crick’s family has released the results of the autopsy that discovered that there was no cancer present in her body.

Her supporters claimed that she had been suffering from the effects of terminal cancer. Crick went so far as to maintain a website chronicling the last days of her life in support of her euthanasia advocacy. However, shortly after her death, Dr. Philip was interviewed by and admitted that both he and Crick knew that she was cancer-free. On the website, Crick wrote about the terrible suffering she was undergoing from the symptoms of cancer.

After her death, police impounded her medical records. Australian law considers anyone present at a suicide as possibly liable and conviction can carry a life sentence. Dr. Nitschke absented himself from the actual scene of her suicide. He said, “To Nancy’s mind it didn’t really matter and I guess to my mind it didn’t matter either.” Nitschke elaborated that, “the scope of the euthanasia movement is not restricted to the terminally-ill. It extends to anyone who is dissatisfied with his or her life.”

Toronto pro-life advocate and speaker, Natalie Hudson, commented, “This case certainly shows how dangerous the pro-euthanasia mentality is. We begin to allow euthanasia for extreme cases and almost overnight we end up with a situation where people are killing themselves, not because they are terminally ill, but because they are ‘dissatisfied with life’.”  Hudson is the Executive Director of Toronto Right To Life and lectures regularly on the dangers of the slippery slope of euthanasia advocacy. “It is frightening to think that by granting one individual’s so-called ‘right to die’ we change the whole end-of life ethic in the mind of society, and literally put thousands of patients in a very vulnerable position.”  Queensland police said Wednesday that the case was being made and a decision was forthcoming about whether charges would be laid. coverage:\ForeignBureaus\archive

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