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A Catholic who follows Rome & the Magisterium. I'm against gay "marriage", abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, human cloning. Altar girls, Communion in the hand, Eucharistic Ministers and "Protestant" music in the Church doesn't bother me at all. A proud American retired submarine sailor. Our borders should be secured with a 10 ft. high fence topped by concertina wire with minefields out to 20 yards on both sides and an additional 10 yards filled with warning signs outside of that Let's get energy independent NOW! Back Israel to the max, stop appeasing followers of the Pedophile Prophet. Pro 2nd Amendment, pro death penalty, Repeal all hate crime legislation. Back the police unless you'd rather call a hippie when everything hits the fan. Get government out of dealing with education, childhood obesity and the enviornment. Stop using the military for sociological experiments and if we're in a war don't micromanage their every move. Kill your television, limit time on the computer and pick up a book. God's will be done and may He have mercy upon us all.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Euthanasia justification becoming more broadbased...

June 27, 2011 ( - Euthanasia is on the rise in the Netherlands, and it is taking an even uglier turn than many would have expected.

Cases of euthanasia have risen from 2,500 in 2009 to 2,700 in 2010; but even more shocking, last year 21 persons suffering from the early stages of dementia, but who were otherwise in good health, were euthanized. All of these 21 “mercy killings” were subsequently approved by the official euthanasia follow-up commission.

This 2010 annual report on euthanasia has yet to be published, but key figures were released by the official news channel, NOS, last Saturday.

The program on NOS told the story of 63-year-old Guusje de Koning, one of the “beneficiaries” of euthanasia last year. In a video shot by de Koning’s husband four days before the 63-year-old woman’s death, and aired on the television station, she explains her choice to be killed to her two children.

De Koning, a sympathetic, healthy and humorous woman with a loving husband and grown-up children, explains that she didn’t want to go on living after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She says she had witnessed her own father’s slow decline and death due to the illness.

“I don’t want that,” explaine de Koning to her children. “I don’t want to suffer.”

De Koning was “euthanized” in July last year. Her image is now being used to support the notion that killing of people in the first phase of dementia is a good way to avoid both suffering and the excessive cost of healthcare for elderly Netherlanders.

Euthanasia in the Netherlands is only legal when the patient is sound of mind and capable of consistently expressing the death wish. Once dementia has set in, it’s too late: even a living will made prior to the decline cannot be taken into account. The “solution” that is being proposed, therefore, is to step out of life before the disease runs its course.

For months now public meetings have been held in provincial community centers and hotels to encourage the elderly to learn about their “right” to die, even if they are in good health, but afraid of what diagnosed dementia may do to them in the near future.

However, although 95 % of the Dutch favor legal euthanasia, according to opinion polls, currently only 33 % of physicians are at this point in time prepared to euthanize a patient with incipient dementia

(End of story. My comments follow.)

Look for this to come here in the near future. If I recall correctly, one of Dr. Kervorkian's "patients" was in the early stages of Alzheimer's much like the woman in this story. That whole "quality of life" BS all over again.

So we're a society that kills off the less-than-perfect unborn, quite often justifying that we don't want them to endure a life of suffering. I'm sure at times there are completely honest folks who will own up that they just don't want to be bothered with a special-needs child.

Now we see increasing use of "mercy killing" to help those at life's end avoid suffering. Or maybe it's more about not running up lots of medical bills for the family, after all families are nowhere near as close as they once were.

I wonder if in the long run we're not cheating ourselves of the opportunity to grow spiritually. I know from my own experience that I get a lot more benefits than I give to my two autistic sons. Maybe there's more of the same for those willing to care for the elderly infirm.

Maybe we should all treat life as a gift, to be treasured and valued for as long as possible. That would involve voluntary poverty, years of commitment to caring for someone, putting someone else before ourselves.

It's sad that those are increasingly becoming radical thoughts.


RandomThoughts said...

I wonder if in the long run we're not cheating ourselves of the opportunity to grow spiritually.

I know we are. Anyone who has gone through trauma or tragedy, if they are at all intellectually honest, will tell you that it was both the worst time of their life, and yet paradoxically it made them stronger, a "better person."

Whether it is raising a baby with a disability, or caring for a father dying of cancer, such experiences refine us, give us new compassion for others and direct us toward God as a source of endless strength.

The alternative--refusing to accept less than perfect babies, or to tolerate life once its "quality" is reduced (by whatever subjective standard we care to apply)--diminishes us in ways we can barely begin to fathom.

Anthony S. Layne said...

I've known a couple of victims of Alzheimer's, and while it's a heartbreak to see someone in the dementia stage, it's not clear to me that they suffer any more than do people who are lonely, or who are perpetually angry at the world, or who live lives of perpetual indulgence, or whatnot. Where did we get the idea that suffering justifies death? Where did we get the idea that if you're life isn't completely pain-free or without difficulty, it's a mercy to put you to sleep like a dog? With this kind of rationale, why do we spend so much on the poor and homeless, when it would be much more cost-efficient to jab them with a whacking dose of sodium pentothal and burn the corpses? We live in a world where the values are turning upside-down like the Poseidon, my friend.

Mary Ellen said...

I truly do fear that there will come a time when I am near the end of my life that some hospital staffer will decide to "end my suffering" before my time. I know that I've discussed this with my husband, but to be honest....I'm not so sure that I could trust his judgment in this. He left the, he left GOD, and he believes that when we die we're nothing but worm food, that's it...the end. I think I may have to look into getting a living will or something. I'm not even sure if that would be enough anymore.

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