Elderly Scientist Who ‘Regretted’ Living to 104 Ends Life by Lethal Injection in Switzerland

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BASEL, Switzerland — An elderly scientist who was not terminally ill, but who said he was “not happy” as he was losing his eyesight and independence, ended his life on Thursday by lethal injection in Switzerland. The man said he had no belief in the afterlife and didn’t want a remembrance service either.

David Goodall, a botanist and ecologist from Perth, Australia, died with his grandchildren at his side at the Lifecircle assisted suicide center in Switzerland. He appeared before reporters the day before, wearing a sweater that bore the phrase “aging disgracefully.”

“At my age, and even rather less than my age, one wants to be free to choose the death and when the death is the appropriate time,” Goodall asserted.

He traveled to the country this week with the aid of the assisted suicide group Exit International, which had raised thousands of dollars in donations from those who supported Goodall’s quest to end it all because he “regrets” living so long.

As previously reported, Goodall turned 104 last month, being surrounded by family members who threw him a party, and was asked by reporters in Australia if he had a nice birthday.

“No, I’m not happy. I want to die,” he replied.

Goodall had argued that his “quality of life” wasn’t as good as it used to be, outlining that his eyesight was failing and that he needed to be assisted when crossing the street or taking public transportation. He also said that he wasn’t able play tennis or perform in theater like he used to into his 90’s, and most of his friends had died.

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“Once one is past the stage of middle life, one has paid back to society the debts that have been paid out. One should be free to use the rest of his life as one chooses,” Goodall told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC News). “If one chooses to kill oneself then that’s fair enough. I don’t think anyone else should interfere.”

He told reporters this week that he hopes his story paves the way for more elderly people to kill themselves if they are no longer satisfied with living.

“I’d like to be remembered as an instrument for freeing the elderly to choose their own death,” Goodall told reporters on Wednesday.

According to the Seattle Times, an IV was inserted into his arm at at approximately noontime on Thursday, and as required under Swiss law, he personally turned the wheel to administer the deadly drugs into his bloodstream. He lost consciousness and died soon afterward.

A press release from Exit International said in a statement that Goodall wanted his body donated to medicine, and if that was not possible, he wanted to be cremated and have his ashes sprinkled locally.

“He wishes to have no funeral, no remembrance service or ceremony. David has no belief in the afterlife,” the statement outlined.

Others have found the situation to be deeply concerning, including Alex Schadenberg of the Canada-based Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

“Sadly, the David Goodall story is part of the world-wide campaign to promote the legalization of euthanasia or assisted suicide. The fact that he is 104 years-old is an attempt by the euthanasia lobby to promote killing people because they are elderly and want to die,” he told Christian News Network last week.

“They’ve raised thousands and thousands of dollars now to send this guy to Switzerland—for lethal drugs,” Schadenberg also remarked to OneNewsNow. “To me, this is a real abandonment of a guy who is feeling that his life has lost [its] purpose, and maybe he’s tired of living, but you know there are lots of people who feel that their life has lost purpose and they’re tired of living. Should we now start a fundraising campaign for all of them to go to Switzerland?”

He said that the argument from the euthanasia lobby now boils down to autonomy, and the belief that one should have the “freedom to choose” to die.

2 Corinthians 5:15 reads, “He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again.”

Hebrews 9:27 also outlines, “[I]t is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”

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  • Amos Moses – He>i

    and now …. he is REALLY unhappy ……. as he now knows the truth ………………. the absolute result of deep personal NARCISSISM ……………

    • Bryan E. Finn

      Are you saying he went to hell?

      • Amos Moses – He>i

        are you ………..

        • Bryan E. Finn

          Certainly not.

          • robert boe

            Let’s just put him in protestant purgatory for now and figure it out latter.Lol

      • Susan Perelka

        IF he did not “accept” what Jesus did on that cross, than yes. He will have to bear the penalty of his own sin before God, he remains under Gods judgement, not His grace. If he did NOT “accept” by faith that Jesus took that punishment for him, but instead rejected that free gift which was offered, than yes, he is in hell.

        I’m not going to shy away from that truth because the people still alive have a chance to “accept” that gift, be under Gods grace, and not have to go to hell.

        All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. All need His forgiveness for our rebellion against the Creator, which is being provided through Jesus Christ to any who will “accept” what Jesus did on that cross, payed our sin debt in full. If you don’t “accept” the gift, than you don’t “possess” the gift.

        If he “accepted” it, than no, he isn’t in hell, but instead with the beautiful Savior.

        • Bryan E. Finn

          It saddens me that you believe that is the “truth.”

          • Chet

            The “truth” need not sadden one, but, rather, serve to enlighten one, to awaken one, to warn one before it’s eternally too late, Sir… “I am The Way, The Truth and The Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” John 14:6, Holy Bible. It’s crystal clear, Sir…

          • Bryan E. Finn

            I don’t dispute your crystal clear quote, which has nothing to do with the man deciding to end his life.

          • Chet

            Disagree without being disagreeable. He felt his life was miserable and not worth living, apparently, thus he took things into his own hands. Whereas, if he did indeed know the Lord Jesus Christ as his own personal Saviour (I know not) he might have spent his last days honoring the Lord. How so, via telling others who know not this merciful Christ how they might attain forgiveness for all SIN and gain eternal life. Should one live to see 100, it is nothing but a drop in the ocean compared to eternity…

          • Bryan E. Finn

            At the age of 104 if he was in pain and wished to end his own life, I see nothing wrong with ending it.

          • Chet

            What you and I see are merely our opines, worth nothing beyond our own selves. Knowing Christ as one’s own Lord and Saviour, personally, and thus ensuring where one will spend his eternity is what really matters, bottom line. No mention of such in the piece best I could tell..

          • Deb Donnelly

            It is the TRUTH please get a bible & read it & anyone of us would help you with any questions ,I pray you will be saved & turn to Jesus as your saviour,you need to in order to go to heaven Your good works is not good enough to get you to heaven..Please come to Jesus I would like to see you in heaven

          • Bryan E. Finn

            I have a Bible, I’ve read it, why are you doing the opposite of what it says? What happened to love, tolerance, acceptance? Jesus ate with prostitutes, not self-righteous people.

          • Deb Donnelly

            Do you read your bible daily & continue to search the scriptures to study His word? All of the answers to life’s problems are in the bible.
            There is love,tolerance & acceptance,I pray for all the unbelievers to come to Jesus as their saviour,yes Jesus loved the prostitute but he told her to sin no more.We have to always be asking for forgiveness of our sins,because we are sinners by nature ,Jesus did not condone sin,nor does he now.If you never ask Jesus to come into your heart the bible is clear on this that you will perish & go to hell,but after you die it is to late,that decision has to be made while you are alive .

        • ratso444

          Agreed. Thank you for keeping it Biblical. It’s very clear that if we reject the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ we must face a holy God alone. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No man comes to the Father except by me.”

          Jesus was either a liar, a lunatic, or exactly who He said He is.

        • Deb Donnelly

          Amen Susan Well said

      • robert boe

        Yes most likely he did by what he himself says about what he believes.

  • mikegillespie

    The members of the Global Warming Cult are always saying that humans are a “cancer on the planet,” yet none of them are willing to sacrifice themselves for the cause. I guess what they mean is, people who are not like them are a cancer on the planet.

  • When they were first pushing for this, they assured everyone it would only be for the terminally ill.
    Already, it’s going for the elderly and the mentally ill.
    This is what is meant by a slippery slope.
    Oh, we’re not done sliding yet…

    • bowie1

      In this case it is something he wanted – regretfully.

  • robert boe

    John 3:18 says if you don’t believe in Jesus your .
    condemned all ready. So your not going to get any reversal on judgement day. This guy screams out to us he not a believer in Jesus.
    He says he doesn’t believe in eternal life. Believers in Jesus believe in what Jesus says about eternal life in heaven through faith in Jesus..

  • Chet

    Darn shame> It seems no one could reach the gentleman with the good news gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ of Calvary. Sadly, his short time on Earth was but a drop in the ocean compared to his now eternity. Hopefully, an eternity not confined within the madhouse of humanity among myriad numbers of the lost, where weeping, wailing, and gnashing of teeth in indescribable pain and enduring untold misery is the case, endlessly.

    • Deb Donnelly

      So intelligent but not enough to be saved & publically say he had no belief in the hereafter ,that was the 1st thought that came to my mind.God is there for everyone all they have to do is call on Jesus.Breaks your heart.

  • Deb Donnelly

    We are not the giver of life,nor should be the taker of life.This is so sad I am sure that this man heard the gospel no one goes without hearing it .