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Euthanasia Movement Sells Assisted Suicide to the Depressed

depressionWith all the fluff and noise about the elections, two reports came to my attention recently that may have missed your roving review of the news.

We have learned that in the Netherlands the government will kill you at your request, even if what you’re suffering from is alcoholism or depression. One report reveals that “More than 5,500 individuals were euthanized under the euthanasia laws of the Netherlands last year, including a man who considered himself a hopeless alcoholic and another who suffered from chronic depression after having been a victim of sex abuse.”

So what’s it to Americans if another nation’s government has sanctioned this sort of erratic acceptance of imposed killing? The answer is that healthcare in the Netherlands is a function of government programs and everyone is required to have it! The Netherlands is a much smaller nation, and of course the Dutch healthcare system has drawbacks, but let the patient beware. What happens in the Netherlands does not have to stay there.

We then see the case of a 29-year-old anorexic woman who lives in New Jersey and who is seeking death via assisted suicide because she is “battling depression and alcoholism” and no longer wants to live.

A judge has ruled that she cannot be fed against her wishes. In his ruling, the judge said that “A.G. [the woman who wishes to die] expressed an unequivocal desire to accept palliative care as suggested by her treating physician and the bioethics committee at Morristown Medical Center. This decision was made by A.G. with a clear understanding that death was or could be the possible outcome.”

In other words, palliative care is to be used to keep her comfortable until she is dead. Astute pro-life leaders like Julie Grimstad warned us of this years ago, saying: “The foremost concern is that palliative care will become yet another tool in right-to-die’s imposed death toolkit.” I would add that such cases pinpoint the tragic situation that exists when those who are struggling with mental or physical illness become despondent and the professionals respond with callous disregard for a life that is truly worthy of living, not dying.

Whatever happened to genuine compassion—the type that affirms life unselfishly and with commitment to be by someone’s side during both the sad and the happy days?

St. John Paul II reminded us of this, calling us to be Good Samaritans, when he wrote:

The name “Good Samaritan” fits every individual who is sensitive to the sufferings of others, who “is moved” by the misfortune of another. If Christ, who knows the interior of man, emphasizes this compassion, this means that it is important for our whole attitude to others’ suffering. Therefore one must cultivate this sensitivity of heart, which bears witness to compassion towards a suffering person. Sometimes this compassion remains the only or principal expression of our love for and solidarity with the sufferer.

To choose this path instead of the chilling way of those who prefer death to life is to bring comfort and joy to someone who might otherwise in his loneliness or despair choose euthanasia by any name, including palliative care.

Our task is not to shoo people out of life but to unconditionally love them until God calls them home.


This article is courtesy of the American Life League.
  • Bradley Williams

    The medical standard of care established in OR and WA is an application of poison for anyone with feelings of concern about losing autonomy. This according to their state reports. That is the low bar standard of care The corporate promoters of euthanasia will establish for us all. That will put us all (all ages) at risk of exploitation by the medical industrial complex, organ traffickers, predatory heirs and “new best friends” like Oregon’s Thomas Middleton killers. This public safety policy is neither reasonable or prudent rather it is insidious at best.

    • Kermit De Frog

      what’s insidious is forcing someone to push threw a miserable life you think they don’t profit from keeping a poor sap alive?

  • cowalker

    From the linked article on the 29-year-old anorexic woman:
    “New Jersey’s Department of Human Services, which operates the psychiatric facility where A.G. is being treated, wanted A.G. to have a nasogastric tube placed to feed her, as well as administer an experimental treatment for her depression.” So, are those who disagree with this ruling advocating that A.G. be sedated against her will and have a nasogastric tube placed, and then be physically restrained in her bed for weeks? months? to prevent her from removing it? Do pro-lifers realize that EVERY Adult has the right to refuse food and/or water? Or is it just that they want A.G. to suffer as much as possible without palliative care during the process?

  • Kermit De Frog

    you people who are against depression assisted suicide are so fucking oblivious to the pain someone seeking euthanasia are actually going threw.

    you think the answer is so simple that all you need is a doctor to tell me I’m worth it and that would change my life around what happens when I leave that paid professions office and reality comes back into play.

    do you people think suicide is selfish or something? what’s selfish is forcing someone to push threw a miserable life just so the pro life person doesn’t have to be stricken with a sad thought.

    those who seek death are going to get it one way or another so refusing them a clean dignified death is just stupid. would you rather them hop in a vehicle and crash into the next car they see, hang themselves for someone to find, or jump off a building and make the city employees clean you off the cement making patients take it into their own hands is just gonna spread the pain and grief to others.

    AAAAAAND our world is heavily overpopulated we need people to die so a few people wanting to die is almost the best thing we could ask for but meh lets force the miserable to live longer so we can waste our resources on keeping them alive forever making it more expensive and painful for the ones with happy lives to keep living.

  • Kermit De Frog

    yo this site is bias as fuck deleting my comment for having an opinion.