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Euthanasia Activists Pushing Starvation as “Death with Dignity”
Life News ^ | 5/30/14 | Wesley J. Smith

Posted on 05/30/2014 12:59:22 PM PDT by wagglebee

The “death with dignity” and bioethics crowds grow increasingly extreme. Now, they are pushing starvation.

First, it was removing feeding tubes from the cognitively disabled, slow killing excused as removing medical treatment. Do it to a dog and go to jail. Do it to Terri Schiavo and it’s merely “medical ethics.”

Now, euthanasia types push VSED, e.g. voluntary stop eating and drinking. Not only that, they want nursing homes and hospitals to be forced to starve dementia patients to death who willingly eat.

I’m on the case in my biweekly column over at First Things. From, “Starvation as the New Death with Dignity:”

But what about people who can eat and drink by mouth? Assisted suicide advocates argue that it isn’t fair that they can’t die too. So, activists promote a form of “self-deliverance” that they call “voluntary stopping eating and drinking,” (VSED), by which suicidal people declare their wish to starve to death.

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As a matter of respecting autonomy, doctors won’t force feed these suicidal people. Some even agree to facilitate the death by helping palliate the potential agony that can be associated with starving and dehydrating.

I believe a doctor who helps someone starve him or herself to death is akin ethically to one who helps a suicidal person find the artery to cut and guides the scalpel.

A lawsuit was filed to force a nursing home in Canada to starve a dementia patient to death. That lost and is on appeal. But the drive to force medical personnel to starve patients to death who eat, if they so instructed in an advance medical directive, was boosted recently in the Hastings Center Report:

Bioethicist Paul T. Menzel and physician M. Colette Chandler-Cramer create a sophistic argument to justify their conclusion: People have the right to commit VSED; people also have the right to refuse life-sustaining treatment in an advance medical directive; hence, people have the right to order themselves starved to death (commit VSED via advance medical directive).

Here’s the thing: They are called an “advance medical directive,” for a reason–to control medical interventions. But spoon feeding isn’t a “medical treatment!”

Spoon-feeding is considered “humane care”—not the same thing at all. Thus, under Menzel and Chandler-Cramer’s theory, a patient should also be empowered to order the non-medical withholding of other forms of humane care to hasten their deaths.

For example, why not permit a directive to order that blankets be removed during a cold snap to increase the chances of contracting pneumonia? Less certain, to be sure: But basically the same idea.

The advocacy point of the starve-them-to-death campaign should be obvious to all:

Finally, once we can starve patients, even though they willingly eat, the obvious question arises: “Why not just give them lethal injections?”

Actually, I believe that has been the goal all along. The starvation agenda is merely the horrid means intended to lead us to that horrible end.

Culture of death, Wesley? What culture of death?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: euthanasia; moralabsolutes; prolife
Finally, once we can starve patients, even though they willingly eat, the obvious question arises: “Why not just give them lethal injections?”

Actually, I believe that has been the goal all along. The starvation agenda is merely the horrid means intended to lead us to that horrible end.

Exactly, the death mongers are hoping that we will eventually just throw up our hands and say, "please, just bring back the gas chambers and ovens."

1 posted on 05/30/2014 12:59:22 PM PDT by wagglebee
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2 posted on 05/30/2014 1:00:12 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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3 posted on 05/30/2014 1:00:42 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: wagglebee
Euthanasia Activists Pushing Starvation as “Death with Dignity”

The activist should lead by example.

I will provide the cage. We can put them on display in the town square while they die with dignity.

Funny how they never seem to do that.

4 posted on 05/30/2014 1:03:02 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: wagglebee

Hell, I’m all for letting these humanitarians lead by example. Sadly I am a slow learner sometimes, so it may take every last one of them dying with their so called dignity before I start to understand their point. But damn it, I’m up for the task if they are!


5 posted on 05/30/2014 1:03:18 PM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: wagglebee
Round Two of Obamacare, before the next round where they FORCE you to die (for your own good of course).

When will people understand that the government loves you, cares for you, and has your best interests at heart? Are we there yet?

6 posted on 05/30/2014 1:03:40 PM PDT by PapaNew
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To: wagglebee

These people are sick cowards. They rationalize murder. In truth it is a passive-aggressive act. Withholding food and water is torture. As mentioned above you’d go to jail for doing it to a dog, and no state would allow this form of execution of prisoners. A torturous painful death is not humane no matter how many times they say it is. It would be more humane and noble to put a shotgun in their mouth, to sneak in and slit their throats at night, to commit hari kari, or even to administer an overdose of opium.


7 posted on 05/30/2014 1:15:54 PM PDT by monkeyshine
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To: wagglebee

There is only one way of stopping the actually murderers, and that is with the threat of retribution.

Their preferable prey are those without families, or whose families are far away or indifferent.

And truthfully they exist in many cases, because there is no dignified end to many of the elderly. To visit “nursing homes” for the elderly who are mentally inhibited is truly a horrifying experience. Corridors of mostly old women in wheelchairs, either staring blankly at the block wall in front of them, or sitting while asleep or in a near coma.

Until there is a better way for such people to live until they die naturally, there will be many who will want to “put them out of their misery”.

And once used to killing, as you can see in Europe, they want to kill more and more people. Not just the helpless and alone, but almost anyone who gets caught in their clutches.

So the way to stop this now is to threaten to kill the murderers. In an organized and orderly way, to let them know that if they murder, they will be hunted down and killed. Properly speaking, by “vigilantes”.

But the purpose is not to kill them, if possible, just to stop them from murdering others.


8 posted on 05/30/2014 1:17:52 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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To: wagglebee

Sounds like a Stalin quote


9 posted on 05/30/2014 1:18:13 PM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: wagglebee

I watched someone who received “comfort care” after a heart attack. Basically, he was starved to death. His kids were tired of taking care of him in their home.
Watching someone as their eyeballs dehydrate into a film, and their lips and mouth are cracked..Oh, yeah, it was real dignified.


10 posted on 05/30/2014 1:18:49 PM PDT by sockmonkey (Of course I didn't read the article. After all, this is Free Republic.)
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To: wagglebee

If starving someone to death is humane, use it as a method of execution for murderers.


11 posted on 05/30/2014 1:21:03 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

~~~ The activist should lead by example.

I will provide the cage. We can put them on display in the town square while they die with dignity.~~~

I like your idea.


12 posted on 05/30/2014 1:26:52 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1Jn4:15;5:4-5,11-13;Mt27:50-54;Mk15:33-34;Jn3:17-18,6:69,11:25,14:6,20:31;Ro10:8-11;1Tm2:5-6;Ti3:4-7)
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To: wagglebee

Right to Die very quickly becomes Duty to Die.


13 posted on 05/30/2014 1:28:35 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: wagglebee

With Schiavo we were told that she was happy, in a blissful state, a state of euphoria.

This is the left. They never stop. They are never satisfied. When they get one thing they go right on and demand another.


14 posted on 05/30/2014 1:31:52 PM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: wagglebee

This is horrifying.


15 posted on 05/30/2014 1:36:55 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: wagglebee

OK Activists, you go first.


16 posted on 05/30/2014 1:37:10 PM PDT by eCSMaster ("It is not the color of his skin, ... it is the blackness that fills his soul")
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To: wagglebee

the same lethal injection drugs that are “too terrible and inhuman” to be used on mass murderers and serial killers will be just fine for granny...


17 posted on 05/30/2014 1:37:25 PM PDT by Reverend Wright ( Josey Wales asks: How is it with stains ?)
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To: wagglebee

Anyone ever get the flu and get really dehydrated? How did you feel? Pretty bad, right? Downright painful - body aches, muscle aches, headaches, everything HURTS!

Did you go to the ER and get an IV to get rehydrated? Notice how quickly you felt better, like a light switch?

And they want us to believe that death by dehydration (that’s the reality of death by starvation, the dehydration is what kills) is a comfy, euphoric way to die?

Sorry, but we can’t let this BS go unanswered.


18 posted on 05/30/2014 1:47:06 PM PDT by Brian Kopp DPM
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To: Brian Kopp DPM
Anyone ever get the flu and get really dehydrated? How did you feel? Pretty bad, right? Downright painful - body aches, muscle aches, headaches, everything HURTS!

Yep, I had it about a year ago, not a damn thing about it felt "euphoric" or whatever other line of crap the culture of death puts out there.

19 posted on 05/30/2014 1:49:58 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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So glad to have you back Wagglebee. I haven't been good about pinging Terri's List, but I have kept current on who is in the ping list. I freepmailed you the updated list.

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20 posted on 05/30/2014 2:11:22 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Wagglebee, welcome home we missed you! ~ Ʋ)
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To: Harmless Teddy Bear

Death by starvation can take weeks, yet is considered dignified. A convicted felon sentenced to death took 45 minutes to die and it’s considered a crime.


21 posted on 05/30/2014 3:33:39 PM PDT by DPMD
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To: wagglebee
This doesn't hold water. Terri Shiavo, we still remember you.

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22 posted on 05/30/2014 5:54:47 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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BULLCRAP. It’s the DEHYDRATION they are leaving out????? Dehydration turns a human being into a rock. All the blood coagulates to the tongue and every organ in the body dries up - it’s tortuous and they never do starvation without dehydration. SOBs.


23 posted on 05/30/2014 6:45:09 PM PDT by floriduh voter (BLM wants to hand the United States to the U.N. (what's left of us.))
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To: wagglebee

Hi, wagglebee. Dehydration is worse than the starvation although together, they accomplish much.


24 posted on 05/30/2014 6:46:01 PM PDT by floriduh voter (BLM wants to hand the United States to the U.N. (what's left of us.))
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Thanks for the ping! Welcome home, Wagglebee!


25 posted on 05/30/2014 7:29:18 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: BykrBayb
Let Menzel and Chandler-Cramer stop eating and drinking as an example--or be silent.
26 posted on 05/31/2014 2:01:02 AM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Fakistan)
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To: wagglebee

Sick.


27 posted on 05/31/2014 3:43:18 PM PDT by Dante3
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To: BykrBayb

(((((Thank you for the Ping)))))


28 posted on 06/01/2014 4:14:21 PM PDT by Kitty Mittens (To God Be All Excellent Praise!)
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You’re very welcome. ; )


29 posted on 06/01/2014 4:54:28 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Wagglebee, welcome home we missed you! ~ Ʋ)
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From the article:

“..But what about people who can eat and drink by mouth? Assisted suicide advocates argue that it isn’t fair that they can’t die too. So, activists promote a form of “self-deliverance” that they call “voluntary stopping eating and drinking,” (VSED), by which suicidal people declare their wish to starve to death. ..”

“..it isn’t fair that they can’t die too. “ Totally disgusting.


30 posted on 06/02/2014 7:20:16 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Sun

Odd how they advocate for the death by torture of other people, but never for themselves.


31 posted on 06/02/2014 8:14:11 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Wagglebee, welcome home we missed you! ~ Ʋ)
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To: BykrBayb

I hope Terri’s listers get back together once in a while. There’s no telling what’s going on in DC. We need to stay in touch.


32 posted on 06/03/2014 10:17:22 AM PDT by floriduh voter (BLM wants to hand the United States to the U.N. (what's left of us.))
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To: BykrBayb

“Odd how they advocate for the death by torture of other people, but never for themselves.”

That’s right.

And I’ll never forget how antilife-for-others Ted Kennedy spent mega $$ so he could live just a little longer.


33 posted on 06/03/2014 9:13:31 PM PDT by Sun (Pray that God sends us good leaders. Please say a prayer now.)
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To: Sun

Well, in Kennedy’s defense, he has added one more day to the string of days he has gone without taking a drink.


34 posted on 06/03/2014 9:15:39 PM PDT by sport
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