New Jersey Moves Toward Legalizing Medical Murder. Quebec Does the Deal.

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New Jersey General Assembly Chamber

New Jersey’s assembly advanced a bill Thursday that would allow doctors to prescribe killer drugs to their patients.

Arguments surrounding the bill seem to be focused on the language of the bill and what kind of “safeguards” it has in it.

Safeguards?

The bill allows doctors to prescribe death-dealing drugs to their patients for the express purpose of killing the patient.

I ask again, safeguards?

Laws like this remove the “safeguards” on medical killing for all of us. There are no “safeguards” for legalized medical murder. The fact that the discussion is all about what “safeguards” there are in this law, rather than the fact that the idea itself is dastardly, reflects how far the New Jersey assembly — and the rest of us along with it — has fallen.

Five states allow doctors to kill their patients. You can call it “death with dignity” or “euthanasia” or a “final solution.” It is legalized medical murder. They are: Oregon, Washington, Montana, Vermont and New Mexico. New Mexico’s courts allowed euthanasia with a stroke of judicial law-making.

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PQ MNA Veronique Hivon

At the same time that New Jersey was voting to allow docs to put its citizens down, Quebec’s National Assembly voted to legalize euthanasia. The noise coming out of that vote was all back-slapping self-congratulation.

“I want to congratulate ourselves as parliamentarians,” PQ MNA Carole Poirier said, “… Quebec has just shown that we are a really, really different story.”

“I think we have before us today, with the adoption of this law, an example of all Quebec society is capable of,” said PQ MNA Veronique Hivon.

Considering that these two elected officials had just voted to allow the legal murder of their own citizens, all I can add is that they are absolutely correct. This vote certainly did show what the government of Quebec — and every other evil government — is capable of.

 

  • Jakeithus

    Most striking to me is that the claim is being made that Quebec is “different” and “mature” and “beautiful” for making this decision. There is nothing unique and forward thinking about the devaluation of human life. It’s been the standard practice of humanity for most of our history, and what is promoted as a step forward is really a step backward, only “progressives” don’t realize it because you have to look so far back in our history that most people simply don’t understand.

  • http://outsidetheautisticasylum.blogspot.com/ Theodore Seeber

    I find nothing to be celebrated in this- and I agree. Oregon has proven that safeguards are a total joke.

    In other news, have you seen #7 of Leah’s 7 quick takes for Friday? Might be useful for momma.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    It’s absolutely sick. This is the new pet project for progressives now that they have essentially gotten their gay marriage laws through. Though I don’t know for sure, my guess is that Gov Christie would not sign this law. But he will not be there forever. Progressives never give up, and so they will eventually get this passed.

  • Shaun G. Lynch

    This is a relatively rare case where I am in 100% agreement with Representative Hamilton. When we start authorizing doctors to kill their patients, no matter how benign the intent may be, we’ve crossed a line.

    In my capacity as Delegate of the Bishop of Valleyfield to the lay pastoral team of Saint-Joseph-de-Soulanges parish, I wrote to my Member of the National Assembly (MNA), Lucie Charlebois, who represents Soulanges, asking her to vote against the bill. I’m very pleased to report that she was among the approximately 20 MNAs, all of them members of the ruling Liberal Party of Québec, who voted against their own party to oppose the bill. I actually expected Mme Charlebois to oppose the legislation, as she is a former warden of Notre-Dame-des-champs parish in my diocese, but I wanted to be on record.

    My major concern with this law is not just the fact that it legalizes the killing of patients by their doctors, but the extreme danger that vulnerable people will be manipulated into acquiescing to their own suicides. This is where safeguards come in, but they won’t always be adequate.

    On Radio-Canada (the French network of the CBC), the religion programme Second Regard did an excellent report on the impact 10 years later of a similar law in Belgium (if you understand French, you can view it online here). The key issue raised was that it is all too likely that a seriously ill person, especially an elderly one, may come to feel an obligation to cease being a burden on his or her family.

    One of the primary opponents of the Québec euthanasia law has been Dr. Balfour Mount, who founded the palliative care unit of Montréal’s Royal Victoria Hospital. He has strongly maintained that with proper hospice care to alleviate patients’ suffering, there is no need for legalized euthanasia.


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