Final Exit Network Activist Pleads Guilty to Killing Woman in Assisted Suicide

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jan 12, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Final Exit Network Activist Pleads Guilty to Killing Woman in Assisted Suicide

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
January 12
, 2010

Phoenix, AZ (LifeNews.com) — A member of the Final Exit Network assisted suicide ring that resulted in the deaths of multiple people from illegal assisted suicides has pleaded guilty in one case. Wye Hale-Rowe was one of the people allegedly involved in an assisted suicide case in Arizona.

Last May, a county attorney in Phoenix, Andrew Thomas, announced that investigators from his office busted four people on murder charges in the 2005 "assisted suicide" death of a seriously mentally ill Phoenix woman.

The four defendants — who include retired Scottsdale resident Frank Langsner, a retired college professor — were charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

Langsner and Wye Hale-Rowe, another so-called "exit guide" from the Final Exit Network also are facing manslaughter charges.

Now, according to a Phoenix New Times report, Hale-Rowe struck a plea deal with county prosecutors and agreed to testify against the three remaining defendants in the case — Langsner and two senior Final Exit officials from out of state.

The New Times also indicated that Hale-Rowe admitted the woman killed in the assisted suicide suffered from a serious mental illness, not debilitating physical illness.

Wesley J. Smith, a California-based bioethicist, has been close following the case and the Final Exit Network.

He says the Phoenix case "shattered" the "pretense that the minions who participate in the Final Exit Network are mere counselors–rather than mobile assisted suicide clinics."

He also commented on the mental health status of the woman killed.

"I think it is worth pointing out that the logic of these ideologues is impeccable. Once you accept the belief that killing is an acceptable answer to human suffering, assisting the suicides of the mentally ill–whose suffering is often far worse than those with physical illnesses–can become compelling," Smith observed.

"Indeed, just ask the Swiss and Dutch Supreme Courts, both of which have approved of assisting the suicides of those with mental illnesses, and in Switzerland’s case, made it a constitutional right.," Smith added.

Smith also praised alternative media outlets for bring the story to light and for its subsequent prosecution.

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