Euthanasia doctor assisted-suicide
26th Feb

The Culture of Death Expands to Assisted Suicide

Euthanasia doctor assisted-suicide

Euthanasia, the easier word for doctor assisted suicide, is coming. What once seemed an unthinkable thought is now becoming normalized in many states and nations. The argument is that people should be autonomous and decide for themselves when it is time to die.

The culture of death has been hard at work for some time. Although many Americans oppose abortion, they have come to accept it, we have become accustom to abortion. It has taken decades but we now believe that a woman has a right to kill her own child.

Now the push is being made to make assisted suicide acceptable.

According to a Newsweek article, in the Netherlands in 2013 4,829 people took their own lives with the help of a doctor. That’s more than triple the number of people who committed suicide in 2002.

In the article, Winston Ross interviewed a 65 year old woman from Amsterdam named Jannie Willemsen who is currently in good health but has already prepared papers that define the conditions under which she does not want to live.

“I’m an autonomous person,” Willemsen says. “For me, it seems a disaster not to be able to go out and visit friends, to a concert, to the theater.”

While it is still technically illegal to have a doctor help you take your life in the Netherlands for mundane reasons, the Dutch government treats the crime much like pot use. People can choose to end their lives if they can convince two doctors that they are “suffering”.

This can include various medical condition or even emotional suffering such as loneliness. In the Netherlands you can have a doctor assist you in dying if you are tired of living. The Dutch have an unrestricted right to die.

This phenomenon is making its way to American shores too.

On February 6, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down a ban on physician-assisted suicide, joining Luxembourg, Belgium and Switzerland on the list of Western countries where euthanasia is fully legal. Switzerland has allowed assisted suicide since 1942, so long as patients “participate” in the administration of life-ending drugs (by ingesting them).

The scope of the Canadian judicial fiat is not limited to the terminally ill: The ruling grants competent adults a right to die if they have an “illness, disease, or disability that causes enduring suffering that is intolerable to the individual,” including “psychological” pain.

But here’s the kicker. The Canadians will ultimately require physicians to assist a patient in dying even if it violates a doctor’s deeply held beliefs. Does this sound familiar somehow? It should.

Remember the florist in Washington state who is being persecuted, I mean prosecuted for not providing flowers for a same sex marriage due to her Christian values? The courts are finding that you must serve people even if it violates your beliefs.

Lest we forget, the state of New Mexico may soon join the ranks of the Canadians and the Dutch. The New Mexico Court of Appeals is deciding the case of Aja Riggs, who was diagnosed with uterine cancer and is currently in remission. She would like the right to die should the cancer return.

She may get that right too. After all, the New Mexico court also found that a photographer did not have the right to refuse to photograph a gay commitment ceremony regardless of the photographer’s religious beliefs. It is not a leap in logic to assume that if the courts find a right to die in between the letters of the state’s constitution that the same court might find an obligation for doctors to kill people in violation of their beliefs, religious or not.

Godless courts across the country are destroying the United States constitution, especially the first amendment’s religious freedom in favor of the rights to commit murder and sexual immorality, while America sleeps.

Resource articles:

Dying Dutch: Euthanasia Spreads Across Europe, Newsweek (Winston Ross)

Euthanasia Comes to Canada, Weekly Standard (Wesley J. Smith)

Comments (1)
  • The Hippocratic Oath specifically prohibits abortion.

    This is the original version of the Hippocratic Oath:

    I swear by Apollo the physician, and Aesculapius the surgeon,
    likewise Hygeia and Panacea, and call all the gods
    and goddesses to witness, that I will observe and keep this underwritten oath,
    to the utmost of my power and judgment.

    I will reverence my master who taught me the art. Equally with my parents,
    will I allow him things necessary for his support, and will consider his sons as
    brothers. I will teach them my art without reward or agreement; and I will
    impart all my acquirement, instructions, and whatever I know, to my master’s
    children, as to my own; and likewise to all my pupils, who shall bind and tie
    themselves by a professional oath, but to none else.

    With regard to healing the sick, I will devise and order for them the best
    diet, according to my judgment and means; and I will take care that they suffer
    no hurt or damage.

    Nor shall any man’s entreaty prevail upon me to
    administer poison to anyone; neither will I counsel any man to do
    so. Moreover, I will give no sort of
    medicine to any pregnant woman, with a view to destroy the
    child.

    Further, I will comport myself and use my knowledge in a godly manner.

    I will not cut for the stone (lithotomy), but will commit that affair
    entirely to the surgeons.

    Whatsoever house I may enter, my visit shall be for the convenience and
    advantage of the patient; and I will willingly refrain from doing any injury or
    wrong from falsehood, and (in an especial manner) from acts of an amorous
    nature, whatever may be the rank of those who it may be my duty to cure, whether
    mistress or servant, bond or free.

    Whatever, in the course of my practice, I may see or hear (even when not
    invited), whatever I may happen to obtain knowledge of, if it be not proper to
    repeat it, I will keep sacred and secret within my own breast.If I
    faithfully observe this oath, may I thrive and prosper in my fortune and
    profession, and live in the estimation of posterity; or on breach thereof, may
    the reverse be my fate

    Lithotomy from Greek for “lithos” (stone) and “tomos”
    (cut), is a surgical method for the removal of calculi, (stones formed inside
    certain organs), such as the kidneys, bladder. and gallbladder, that cannot exit
    naturally through the urinary system or biliary tract. The procedure is
    performed by means of a surgical incision.

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