Pros & Cons of Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide: Baby Must Die

Wesley J. Smith, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institutes Center on Human Exceptionalism said we should “stop pretending assisted suicide is about terminal illness and admit it is much more about disability which is why the disability rights movement remains so opposed as they are the primary targets. It is about allowing killing as an acceptable answer to many causes of suffering whether terminal or chronic disease, disability, mental illness or existential despair”.

In 2013, 650 babies killed in Holland because they were deemed unfit for life. The Netherlands was the first nation to legalize euthanasia and initially it was supposed to be for terminally ill patients. Like the abortion issue of the 1070’s which produced Roe vs. Wade a slippery slope has reared its ugly head.

In the 1970’s the pro-choice group stated that abortion would only be for rape, incest or health of the mother. The pro-life group were afraid of a slippery slope that would end up with abortion on demand, late-term abortion and even post birth abortion.

Well we all know how all of this ended up. Only a small percentage of abortions are for incest, rape or the health of the mother. Abortion on demand has become the norm. More than 56 million abortions have occurred since Roe vs. Wade in 1973 and Peter Singer would like to see mothers have the right to kill their babies up to 2 years old.

On the other end, in Holland where euthanasia is legal, it has also become legal to kill a baby if the parents or the hospital feel that the child would not have a good quality of life. Really??????? Who has the right to make that decision?

Dutch Ethicist Theo Boer used to believe that “slippery slope” argument were invalid and argued in support of assisted suicide legislation. After 12 years of experience he takes on a different view.

The idea of deeming those babies with spina-bifida or other birth defects not worth living……….where does this stop. Do we eventually decide that those born crippled or blind should be disposed of…………..where does this end?

 

Pros and Cons of Euthanasia: Haven’t You Lived Long Enough?

Wow……… 78 million Baby Boomers going on Social Security and Medicare.

Pratchett Death in Discworld

Pratchett Death in Discworld (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That’s a lot of people the government has to take care of and we are heading toward 20 Trillion Dollars in debt. Can anyone really comprehend that? I mean it may as well be Monopoly money. Soooo……..what is the United States to do? I have it…… a very simple solution. How much would be saved if we have a cut off? We could suggest to those over the age of blah blah blah to consider leaving this world early. After all it would be the best thing to do, the unselfish thing to do. I mean haven’t they had their lives. Let the next generation enjoy their lives. Haven’t they lived long enough?  What’d ya think?    

The Culture of Death is Growing

English: The Kaschenists' poster.

English: The Kaschenists’ poster. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Helping the terminally ill end their lives is gaining traction. Assisted suicide is now legal in 5 states; Oregon, Washington, Vermont, Montana and New Mexico and other states are considering legalizing assisted suicide.

More and more articles are being written encouraging starvation and dehydration on our elderly especially those with dementia. Even though the elderly patient begs for water and something to eat causes agony of parched lips and organs drying. I call it being “Dried to Death”.

My mother died 7 years ago and she did not have a choice, she was starved and dehydrated, which is a horrible way to die. She is gone and hopefully she is in a better place, but I’m still here and the memory of her last day will torment me the rest of my life.

Robert Latimer murdered his 12-year-old daughter who was disabled by cerebral palsy. He asphyxiated his daughter to death. His reason…..he felt his daughter was suffering and did not have a good quality of life. The question is who was he to decide someone’s quality of life even though she was his daughter. If this behavior is accepted then a disabled person should be in fear of their life. So what qualifies as not a good quality of life; blindness, crippled, deaf, mental disease. Where does it stop.

Self-perceived quality-of-life scale

Self-perceived quality-of-life scale (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The idea of choice at the end of life or for that matter during life is extremely appealing. But choice could develop into no choice.

Pills are the Killer

Various pills

Various pills (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We are being over-drugged! Why 

In many cases sons and daughters have thought they lost their mother or father to dementia. Instead they were being over medicated.

Over and over the elderly are on very strong antipsychotic drugs. In many cases this only makes the patient worse.

Nursing homes and hospitals want their elderly patients drugged until they are lethargic and easy to handle. Anti psychotic drugs are given to prevent the agitation, combative behavior and out bursts of dementia patients.

Sales of antipsychotic drugs have soared with up to 14 billion dollars a year. Many of these drugs carry a warning label of an increased risk of death. Still the doctors keep prescribing these very dangerous medications.

As Dr. Gary S. Moak, president of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry has said “Our health care system isn’t set up to address the mental, emotional and behavioral problems of the elderly”.

It’s not just the elderly that’s being over-drugged. Younger people are taking an average of 5 pills a day. I have several friends that take a pill to wake up, a pain pill, a water pill, a blood pressure pill, 2 pills for depression/anxiety (one to help the other), and a pill to sleep at night.

You can imagine they stumble through life. They truly believe their life is enhanced with all this medication. I bet they could get rid of at least half these pills with the right diet, exercise and attitude.

We have become a drugged nation. The slightest little pain and we run to the medicine cabinet.

Have you seen the commercials on TV for all the drugs. There are drugs for your stomach, allergies, acid reflux or depression. They list all the benefits, but then warn you that you could get sick, vomit, diarrhea, have headaches and even death. Really? That last warning would be enough to scare me.

I don’t take drugs and my mother at 92 did not take but a couple of pills each day until she went into the hospital where they gave her a cocktail made up of Depakote, Namenda, Lorazepam, Haldol, and  Trazadone. Her little body couldn’t take this poison and she went into a semi-vegetative state. When I spoke to the doctor about  “the cocktail”, his response was “well everyone aged 80 and above take at least 12 drugs a day”. And we trust these guys with our lives.

It has reached a point where doctors don’t know what else to do but prescribe medication.

For your own health and safety, be aware of the drugs you are taking and why. And could there be a more natural alternative.

To be continued…………………………………………………Selah, Elaine

 

 

 

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