NEW ORLEANS, September 12, 2005 ( – A doctor from hurricane-ravaged New Orleans has admitted to euthanizing patients, rather than leaving them to potential death at the hands of looters.

In an interview with the UK’s The Mail on Sunday, a doctor, whose name was protected by the euthanasia-supportive Daily Mail media, claimed that those who were killed were killed out of “compassion.”

“This was not murder, this was compassion,” the doctor emphasized. “They would have been dead within hours, if not days. We did not put people down. What we did was give comfort to the end.”

The doctor admitted to giving lethal injections of morphine. “If the first dose was not enough, I gave a double dose. It came down to giving people the basic human right to die with dignity.”

The report was corroborated by other witnesses, including local government officials and a hospital orderly. Emergency worker William ‘Forest’ McQueen supported the move by the doctors. “Those who had no chance of making it were given a lot of morphine and lain down in a dark place to die,” he said.

Commenting on the news, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Executive Director Alex Schadenberg said, “Not to mitigate the extreme nature of the circumstances, but the euthanasia cases in New Orleans unveils the very problem with legalizing euthanasia: Who makes the decision?”

“Hippocrates recognized the fact that physicians are capable of being healers and they are capable of being killers,” Schadenberg explained. “In order to protect patients, Hippocrates declared that a physician must ‘do no harm’ to their patients. Euthanasia in New Orleans proves to the world how easy it is for people who consider euthanasia as an option, to go from being healers to killers.”

“Dr. Jack Kevorkian proved to have a problem that several Dutch physicians seem to have,” Schadenberg continued. “They actually like euthanasia. Once euthanasia becomes an acceptable practise, it actually becomes the preferred practise of the few, who soon make the decision to die for their patients.”

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