Skip to comments.Eluana Transferred Late Tuesday Night to Clinic for Death by Dehydration
Posted on 02/03/2009 11:07:44 AM PST by wagglebee
ROME, February 3, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) Eluana Englaro, who is often referred to as Italys Terri Schiavo, was transferred late Tuesday night to a hospital that has agreed to participate in her killing by removal of her food and hydration tube. Television news coverage showed a group of pro-life activists gathered outside the clinic in Eluanas home town of Lecco at about 1:30am, as an ambulance took her away, some shouting Eluana, wake up! and Dont kill her!
Eluana Englaro, 38, suffered brain damage in a car accident in 1992 and has since been in a state of diminished consciousness. Eluanas father, Beppino Englaro, who has been petitioning the courts for over a decade to euthanize his daughter, said her transfer to the new facility is the first step... towards the liberation of my daughter. It seems we have finally succeeded.
Beppino Englaros lawyer told media that La Quiete, a private clinic in the north eastern town of Undine, had agree to participate in her killing. Welfare Minister Maurizio Sacconi said the government is searching for a new way to prevent her death. The removal of Eluanas food and hydration tube is set to be carried out in three days.
Death by dehydration has been described by medical authorities as horrible and agonizing. It was a common form of torture used by totalitarian states, including in well-documented cases by the Nazis in their death camps.
In cases of severe dehydration, toxins build up in the body and the body's chemical balances are disrupted. This disrupts the electrical system that triggers the action of muscles, including the heart. The tongue and lips crack and bleed. The eyes recede into their orbits. The skin becomes so sensitive it peels off upon firm contact. The lining of the nose can crack and bleed. Dried brain cells can cause convulsions. The mouth becomes dry and saliva thick, and there is cracking of the mucous membranes of the mouth and lips. The blood thickens, increasing the risk of stroke. As fluid decreases in the body, blood pressure drops and the heart rate increases, possibly causing shock and heart attack.
The move to kill Eluana has roused the ire of many in Italy, including Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, President of the Vaticans Pontifical Council for Pastoral Assistance to Health Care Workers, said on Tuesday, Stop this murder!
To stop giving food and liquids to Eluana is equivalent to abominable murder and the Church will not cease to proclaim this loud and clear. Interviewed by the Rome daily La Repubblica, the cardinal said that Eluanas court-mandated death by dehydration will represent a defeat for the respect of human life. His comments come after Pope Benedict XVI spoke on Sunday against euthanasia, saying it is a false answer to suffering.
The consequences, both legal and moral, should Eluana Englaro be euthanized in a Catholic Country, will be dire, pro-life advocates have warned. Carlo Caffara, the archbishop of Bologna, said at Mass last weekend, In the body of this woman, and in her fate, there is an image of the fate of the West.
Eluana has become a sign of contradiction between a culture of death and a culture of life, he said. Her martyred body has become the question addressed to every conscience that reflects on man's destiny: To whom does man belong? Who has dominion over man's life and death? Who owns man?
The spiritual event of the West has come to the end of the line: If the life of man does not belong to man but to God, no one has control over it for any reason, [but] if the life of man belongs to man, it is consistent to hypothesize circumstances in which everyone can do what he wants with his life or ask others to put an end to it, Cardinal Caffara continued.
The killing of Eluana, said Msgr. Ignacio Barreiro, the director of the Rome office of Human Life International, is going to be disastrous for others in similar situations in Italy. Msgr. Barreiro said, It would create a precedent whereby judges, against the law, can decide it's right to kill patients. We are not fighting for Eluana's life because she has limited signs of consciousness but because of her dignity as a human being.
Pro-life legal experts have been especially concerned that should Eluana be legally killed by dehydration, it would create a back door through which euthanasia could be legalized. The government is considering legislation that would allow the creation of living wills that could specify the removal of food and hydration.
In November, health and welfare minister, Maurizio Sacconi, issued a statement that in Italy it is illegal to remove the food and hydration of helpless disabled patients with the purpose of ending their lives. Secretary of Welfare, Eugenia Roccella, also said that there is no obligation for government-funded health care facilities to implement the courts decision that patients can be dehydrated to death.
In January, two pro-life advocates launched a legal challenge to the appeals court in Milan, arguing that the decision to allow Eluanas killing had been made without sufficient medical examination to determine her condition. At that time, more than 700 Italian doctors had signed an open letter opposing the killing of Eluana, saying that such an action is an attack against the basic rules of good medical practice as established in the declaration of Helsinki.
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It's amazing how much effort, expertise and expense is going into "offing" people in one form or another.
Until we re-embrace life and nothing but, not too much good is going to happen in these parts............
Her father should be made to suffer the same fate that awaits his soon to be murdered daughter!
There is nothing in Udine except Manzi e Finnochi. Which one is her father?
“Eluanas father, Beppino Englaro, who has been petitioning the courts for over a decade to euthanize his daughter...”
Send in the Swiss Guard and a medical team, then remove her by force to Vatican City and place her under Papal protection.
Thankfully the Vatican and other groups are fighting for Eluana, but the horrifying reality is that her execution is scheduled to begin later this week.
Europe is so barbaric! The death penalty for being an inconvenience to her family and the gov’t?
It's not just Europe, this happens every day in America.
See this reposting of “Euthanasia Blues”
Agreed. But the Europeans will kill this woman, but not a convicted murderer? They are always whining about the US and the death penalty. Pretty weak!
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Condic, a senior fellow of the Westchester Institute for Ethics and the Human Person, published her conclusions in a white paper titled "When Does Human Life Begin?" In the report she addresses the topic using current scientific data in human embryology.
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