British Pro-Life Group Chides BBC for Promoting Ray Gosling Euthanasia Claim

Bioethics   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 16, 2010   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

British Pro-Life Group Chides BBC for Promoting Ray Gosling Euthanasia Claim

by Steven Ertelt
LifeNews.com Editor
February 16
, 2010

London, England (LifeNews.com) — A British pro-life group is chiding the BBC for its decision to give sympathetic coverage to Ray Gosling, a BBC presenter who claims to have killed his terminally-ill ex-lover in a euthanasia bid. Gosling claims his former gay partner had AIDS and was in “terrible, terrible pain."

Gosling made the shocking claim on the episode of "Inside Out" that aired last night on the BBC. The program is dedicated to end-of-life issues.

"I killed someone once. . . . He was a young chap, he’d been my lover and he got AIDS," Gosling said in the broadcast, which showed him crying as he walked through a cometary.

"In a hospital one hot afternoon, the doctor said, ‘There’s nothing we can do’, and he was in terrible, terrible pain," Gosling recalls. "I said to the doctor, ’Leave me just for a bit’ and he went away. I picked up the pillow and smothered him until he was dead."

"The doctor came back and I said, ’He’s gone’. Nothing more was ever said," he concluded.

The Nottinghamshire police have launched a probe into Gosling’s comments, but SPUC Pro-Life tells LifeNews.com that the BBC should be held accountable as well.

Anthony Ozimic of SPUC Pro-Life, which was represented before the courts in the Debbie Purdy case, commented: “If doctors found the victim’s pain difficult to control, they should have referred him for specialist palliative care."

“Mr Gosling claims that he killed the man as part of a ‘pact’. Morally and legally, this does not change the case from one of murder to one of suicide. We hope Mr Gosling’s frank admission will lead him to regret his crime, though nothing will bring back the sad victim," he added. "We are glad that the police are investigating. We call upon the legal authorities to ensure that future potential victims are protected, by upholding existing laws against the intentional killing of the innocent."

“Changing the law or watering down prosecuting policy on assisted suicide or euthanasia would pose a major threat to the terminally-ill, the disabled and vulnerable people generally," Ozimic continued.

“In practice, acceptance of assisted suicide or euthanasia leads to cases of murder. The BBC has been complicit in this slippery slope towards unlawful homicide through its biased programming," he concluded.

Gosling eventually talked with BBC 4 and claimed the physician encouraged him to kill the man.

"Yes, of course, the doctor knew," he said. "There was this moment and the doctor said to me something like, ‘I will pop out and have a fag now’ or ‘go to the canteen’ or ‘go to another ward – and will you still be here when I get back, Ray?’ And I said, ‘Ye-es’."

"It was an invitation. Why do doctors leave extra morphine for people who are in extreme pain? ‘It’s in the drawer, just in case you need it.’ . . . Doctors are doing this every day," he told the BBC.

Police indicated that the BBC had not alerted them ahead of time of the admission.

Gosling says he doesn’t plan to cooperate with police or tell them any more details about what happened other than what he shared on the BBC program.

Related web sites:
SPUC – https://www.spuc.org.uk

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