Skip to comments.(Euthanasia) Itís neither progress nor civility
Posted on 07/01/2012 11:55:18 AM PDT by wagglebee
Rules, as everyone knows, really are made to be broken. So all those naive folks who argue that giving doctors the right to kill people who are tired of living is fine because wait for it all you need to do is make sure you have the right rules in place to protect the innocent.
Yeah, right. Thats why a May 2010 study published in the Journal of the Canadian Medical Association found that 32 per cent nearly one in three of euthanasia deaths in the Flanders region of Belgium occurred without request or consent.
Indeed, another study published in the British Medical Journal in October 2010 found that 47 per cent almost half of euthanasia deaths in the same region of Belgium were simply not reported.
But how can this be? The law is clear. The rules are there for all to see. No can kill another person without their express consent and the approval of medical officials.
So dont be fooled by those who say the rules will protect people. They wont. Pick a law, any law, and you know darn well that the details often get lost in the shuffle. Sometimes its not such a big deal. But when were dealing with life or death, well, that is a big deal.
The issue of euthanasia, you likely know, is back into the public forum again despite Parliament having made it clear they dont favor the concept. But that didnt matter to an unelected and unaccountable British Columbia judge whose wisdom clearly outshines the collective wisdom of Parliament and who ruled in favor of 64-year-old Gloria Taylors request for physician-assisted suicide should she decide to end her battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or, as its widely known, Lou Gehrigs disease.)
B.C. Supreme Court Justice Lynn Smith says Taylor, unlike anyone else in Canada, can legally get a doctor to help her kill herself. As for the rest of the country, she gave Parliament a year to come up with a new law which fits her definition of what is and what isnt constitutional.
A few countries and a few U.S. states do allow physician-assisted suicide, but most of the civilized world, wisely, has stayed away from heading down that terribly slippery slope.
One of the realities of dying in modern times is that palliative care has become so good that there is no real reason to suffer undue pain. And its the fear of suffering painful deaths that prompts many people to argue for legalizing euthanasia.
But some of the places that use euthanasia have spent less time and effort developing better palliative care than everybody else. After all, why worry about keeping dying people comfortable when you can just stick a needle in them if their discomfort drives them to that extreme? To be sure, nobody would put it in those stark terms, but no matter how you define it, thats the reality.
Then theres the issue of the severely disabled who often arent mentally capable of making such a momentous decision and may have to rely on others to make it for them. And how about old Aunt Jane, whose been hanging on forever it seems, while the heirs to be stew about when the old lady will finally croak and theyll get whats coming to them. Sounds to harsh to be real? Hah. It happens now, even without legalizing the practice.
People do say that even as things stand doctors and family often decide to stop giving somebody medicine at a certain stage or, as they saying goes, to pull the plug. They confuse that with the active involvement of a doctor killing somebody who, without the intervention, wouldnt be dying. Its one thing to stop keeping people alive artificially via machine or drugs; its quite another to actually kill somebody who would otherwise be alive.
Theyre not the same thing. One is reasonable; the other is essentially state-sanctioned murder. Well, not murder as we know it, since thats a legal term and killing somebody legally wouldnt be murder, would it? But under the current law it is murder and murder it should remain.
Advocates call it dying with dignity, as if dying naturally is by definition undignified.
Anyway, whats dignified about having a doctor feed you a deadly cocktail, particularly at a time in your life when, given the seriousness of your illness, you may not be thinking straight?
We all quip at times that I just wanted to die in response to something embarrassing or unpleasant.
Turning that wish into reality isnt my idea of progress or civility. And it sure as hell isnt dignified.
And this is how the "duty to die" is created, the culture of death suggests that natural death is "undignified."
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We can call them Murder Incorporated..........
We can call them Murder Incorporated..........
It is not young people in the orient, either.
people that believe in some imaginary "sky god" and cling to their boom sticks obviously need someone else to do the hard thinking for them.
how much of their inheritance is going down the drain each month as long as old Aunt Jane is still alive.
Some bureaucratic panel sets a quota of how many old Aunt Jane's must be sacrificed by the 1st of the month.
This is a very slippery slope when Aunt Jane or you or I become a number, not a human being.