Like many things in life, you don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone’. In this case – the moral and legal restraints on assisted suicide. They are falling away fast.
Just over a year ago this article appeared in the Daily Telegraph. It goes leaps and bounds over the usual arguments for ‘compassionate euthanasia’
“The veteran Government adviser said pensioners in mental decline are “wasting people’s lives” because of the care they require and should be allowed to opt for euthanasia even if they are not in pain.
She insisted there was “nothing wrong” with people being helped to die for the sake of their loved ones or society……..
“I think that’s the way the future will go, putting it rather brutally, you’d be licensing people to put others down.”
Telegraph. Martin Beckford Social Affairs Correspondent
Last Updated: 12:59AM BST 19 Sep 2008
Often arguments for assisted suicide are based on hard cases where loved ones are terminally ill and in great pain. Even those of us that oppose assisted suicide find such cases heartbreaking. But Mary Warnock’s proposals are ‘brutal’ (her own terminology, my italics). Let us be clear this would mean that old, frail people who are not economically productive could, even should be killed. Why waste perfectly good time and money on them? But note the same ideas can be used for those with learning difficulties or mental illness. It looks dangerously close to Nazi Eugenics.
For many years people from Britain have been flying out to Switzerland to receive assisted suicide at the Dignitas clinic. Though illegal, no-one has been charged with aiding and abetting a suicide by going to the clinic with their loved one. Most people who go are terminally ill. Recently however a couple from the UK went to die together – even though the husband was not terminally ill. The Times wrote about a ‘suicide of convenience’. This is from the Guardian.
Downes, 85, was almost blind when he and his 74-year-old wife, who had become his full-time carer, travelled to Switzerland to end their lives, a family statement released to the BBC said.
In general the press was understanding of their decision and praised the couple for their commitment to each other even unto death. Again it would be heartless not to be affected by their circumstances.
There is a transitional phase from life to death and this is usually called dying. The pro-euthanasia lobby claim the right to die, but that has no real meaning given we all die eventually, – it’s not so much a right as compulsory. Perhaps the euthanasia movement would be more accurately described as claiming the right to avoid dying. They want to go from life to death without the ‘dying’ phase sandwiched in between. Yet if that is so, much can be done to help people who are dying to die pain free and with integrity. It is here that the hospice movement has been so successful.
“Hospice would ideally be the standard of care for treating all patients with advanced terminal illness, regardless of their diagnosis or ability to pay. If this high standard were [to be] applied, and hospice care were made available to all patients, the current clamour for physician-assisted suicide would all but evaporate. We can live until we die, and we can make that transition with dignity.”
“Hospice Care” Martha Twaddle MD “dying with dignity” p189.
Such is the success of the pro-euthanasia lobby that free hospice care for all simply isn’t a significant part of the debate. It is easier and cheaper to kill people. With the ever increasing age of our society and the costs of caring for the frail elderly rising with fewer tax payers to foot the bill, the logic is faultless. A curious ‘sleight of hand’ can be seen in the recent Royal College of Nursing’s decision to move from an anti-euthanasia stance to being ‘euthanasia neutral’ (whatever that might mean). It is a significant step in the direction of supporting doctors to kill patients, or maybe even euthanasia ‘nurse practitioners’ in the future. Who would want to go into hospital knowing the people who treat you can also kill you if things take a downturn? Incidentally, this decision puts the RCN in the bizarre situation of being neither for nor against a crime that could get someone 14 years imprisonment
When I was a student nurse a colleague in the same hospital was dismissed outright for raising the issue of euthanasia in print. Such days of certainty about the integrity of nursing seems long ago and far away…..
The (RCN) college has now adopted a neutral stance, neither supporting nor opposing a change in the law. Health staff that provide patients with the drugs needed to kill themselves can face up to 14 years in prison. The move comes as a survey for a newspaper suggests 74% of people want doctors to be able to help people to end their lives.
So there is a storm gathering, one that cheapens and destroys life. Under the headline of ‘compassion’ a movement is growing that seeks to kill the weakest members of society. It is just the ‘thin end of the wedge’.
The Christian has to make a stand against (what the Pope recently called) this ‘Culture of Death’ in Western world. Human lives are not disposable, we are creatures imbued with dignity by God because we bear the stamp of His likeness (no matter how corrupted that may be). People do not lose that dignity when they are weak, failing, or terminally ill. So the Christian is called to defend the weak and look after the sick and dying.
Finally some wise words from Pastor Gregory Waybright:
“..when I die, I do not want a clergyman affirming my dignity….. but a Pastor simply reminding me of the message of Jesus, ‘He who believes in me will live even though he dies’ for ‘I am the resurrection and the life.’
Philip McMullen. 2009.
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Well I don’t know if he is or if he isn’t the biggest coward in Europe but Brown deservedthe jibe by Geert Wilders as he was escorted from Heathrow back onto a plane to Holland having been refused entry by our Great Leaders. Now there is a diplomatic row brewing through insulting Holland where Geert is a sitting M.P.
A bad day for freedom of speech, our rights are now firmly exercised only with Islam’s permission.
Dhimmitude here we come.
The only enjoyable thing was watching Lord Ahmed’s increasingly unhinged logic in the T.V. debate with UKIP’s Lord Pearson on Sky News.
All in all a good day for Islam.
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A Dutch MP who called the Koran a “fascist book” says he still plans to travel to the UK despite being banned on public security grounds. Freedom Party MP Geert Wilders was invited to show his controversial film – which links the Islamic holy book to terrorism – in the UK’s House of Lords. But Mr Wilders, who faces trial in his own country for inciting hatred, has been denied entry by the Home Office.
He plans to fly into Heathrow later, saying: “Let’s see what happens.” ‘Offensive’ Mr Wilders’ film Fitna caused outrage across the Muslim world when it was posted on the internet last year.”
Is the Koran a facist book? I don’t know. Never read it. Have no intention of doin’ so…. but this I do know, many grotesque and bloody mass murders have been justified by quoting it.
We have internalized the Fatwa against Salmon Rushdie, but unlike him we have become effective Dhimmi’s to Islamic authority.
This ban is just the latest in a long line of capitulation.
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Hi there y’all.
Strange to say but this blog’s hits have continued to prosper (‘ish) even since ‘mothballing’ it. Curious indeed.
So it’s going to start up again as a focus for conservative views on international politics with a heart for suffering Christians throughout the world. So please start leaving comments again if you are so inclined, here we go………
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Li’l Pup arrived about 3 days ago on Nukes News and Views. This one got a stinging comment which I take means my work is getting sharper. Hope you enjoy – or not as the case may be.
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Never mind the ideological, political and physical assault on Christians all across the Middle East and Asia since the 1970s — fuelled by the rise of Wahhabist ideology. Never mind that Christian communities there have been in decline for at least a century. Rather like the Islamists, Dr Williams prefers to lay the blame for the deplorable condition of the Middle East’s Christians at the door of Great Satan and Little Satan. Short of blaming the Jews for the tsunami — as some Muslim radicals did in 2004 — the Archbishop did a wonderful job of letting the real sources of evil off the hook.
It is important the views of liberal on the causes of conflict in the Middle East are continually challenged. So all Credit to the times for voicing this opinion peice.
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Christians in the Middle East are being put at unprecedented risk by the Government’s “shortsighted” and “ignorant” policy in Iraq, The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, says today.
If only Rowan would preach the Gospel. We need the gospel more than ever now. He is convinced appeasement will quieten Islam. For a while maybe, but not for long. He places much too much hope in the abilty of reason to solve world problems and doesn’t understand how his actions are percieved as weakness by Islamists.
I pray for my brothers in the middle east and all over the world where they are persecuted for the sake of Christ. Pray that they may endure and even count it all joy. Those words are not written lightly.
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