Monstrous November 29, 2012

In the country that used to be England, the weak are now to be murdered by thirst at the behest of bean counters.  Coming soon to a post-Christian state near you.

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  • Andy, Bad Person

    I seem to remember people during the Terry Schiavo incident crying, “There is no slippery slope.”

  • KML

    No doubt some people will look at this and not see that the problem is that babies are dying, but that babies are dying too slowly and painfully. One can imagine where we will go after that conclusion.

  • Matt Talbot

    That is perhaps the worst written/formatted article I’ve ever read. From what I could gather (and this is merely a guess…) the facts are these:
    Terminally ill babies are being sent home with their parents to die at home, but used to be denied food when they were treated at hospitals in order to hasten their deaths, and this is being investigated.

    I think.

    You would think the country that invented English would be skilled in the use of it.

  • JD

    If you have not seen it, watch “After the Truth,” a fictional account of a modern trial of Joesph Mengele in Germany. It is available from Ignatius Press. Its just one small step at a time until we are there.

  • On the front page of The Oregonian today (print version only – don’t know why they didn’t put it online…), there was a huge picture and article about the “tragedy” and “difficulty” of giving elderly dementia patients feeding tubes. Although the experience of Christopher Hitchens and Roger Ebert were mentioned, the strong implication of the article was that this treatment ought to be limited – for the sake of “letting go”, and for baldly stated financial reasons. There was also an (un)helpful little sidebar titled _Legal Myths_ that stated as a “FACT” that artificial nutrition and hydration are considered medical treatments that may be withdrawn, not comfort care – which is technically/legally correct, I suppose, but in view of Church teaching, incorrect.

    This, in a state where assisted suicide has been legal since 1997, serves to further cloud the issue for people scared to death that they might actually have to rely on someone else to take care of them at some point in their lives. To them, such a situation really is a fate worse than death.

    I’m starting to think that the solution to this isn’t outrage (though that’s perfectly reasonable), but rather committing ourselves to be there for others who are suffering. I’m faced with the suffering of a chronically ill family member every day, and it’s hard to deal with, believe me. The only way I make it through each day staying in relationship with him is by God’s grace. This, I feel, is what we need to do as the people of God: we need to be available to donate ourselves to people facing this sort of suffering, and face it with them. It’s the only thing that can turn people’s hearts and minds away from pursuing some other sort of ‘final solution’.

    P.S. I also highly recommend “After the Truth” – very thoughtful and well done.

    This in a state where assisted suicide

  • Ted Seeber

    I try, I really try. I was beginning to see goodness again when within an hour of being told my contract was ending December 12, I had 4 recruiters call and submit my hastily edited resume to 5 jobs.

    I can’t let this force me into despair though. Sad to say, but this attitude has been prevalent at The Oregonian since I heard about the Environmentalists for the Extinction of Humanity way back in the early 1980s.

    I consider it part of my proof that within 5 generations, we’ll see a sudden flip flop in voting demographics in Oregon because liberals in Portland no longer breed.

    • God bless you, Ted. I’ll pray that God provides a new job/contract for you, and thanks for your engagement with issues like these.

      (I think you’re probably right about Oregon voting demographics… but how much damage will be done by the time 5 generations go ’round?) :-/

  • Elaine S.

    “I’m starting to think that the solution to this isn’t outrage (though that’s perfectly reasonable), but rather committing ourselves to be there for others who are suffering.”
    Couldn’t have said it better myself. This, I believe, should be the next frontier in pro-life — assembling religious orders, apostolates, interfaith outreaches, whatever it takes to insure that disabled and dying people and their families have alternatives to euthanasia/starvation/assisted suicide/abandonment, the same way crisis pregnancy centers provide alternatives to abortion. Not everyone has family or friends to care for them; or if they do, they may live hundreds or thousands of miles away or have physical or mental health issues of their own that prevent them from being present consistently when most needed. Something like the Sisters of Life (if they don’t already do this, which they probably do) or The Nurturing Network for elderly and disabled people.

  • The Daily Mail is a notoriously inaccurate newspaper, so I’m going to investigate this further, because I really hope this isn’t true.

  • Marion (Mael Muire)

    I couldn’t bear to read the entire article, but I got the gist. Depriving infants and children, who aren’t yet ready to die, of nutrition and hydration, so that they will die that much sooner is a cowardly and brutal act, and amounts to the old Roman practice of exposing infants.

    Just to clarify, once a responsibly-cared-for human being does begin to die naturally, an entire natural process of shutting-down takes place. Eventually the body can no longer accept even tube administrered food and water, and these just begin to back up and swell in the tissues at the site. This can be uncomfortable for the patient, and since his or her body can no longer benefit from them, it makes sense to cease and desist on the food and water at this point. Even when the ability to swallow goes away, the parched mouth, lips, and tongue can be kept moist by family members with a product found in many hospitals – popsicle sticks that are treated with a moisturizing and refreshing fluid which when applied to the lips and tongue, these patients seem to relish. The idea is to keep the dying patient as comfortable as possible, while letting nature take its course.

    Until the body’s own natural process of shutting itself down begins to occur, the lives of all patients should be supported with the basics that all human persons need to survive. When, in spite of conscientious-administered life support, and of its own accord, the body enters the natural dying process, then to withdraw life support so as to keep the patient as comfortable as possible becomes reasonable. Other measures, however, should be put in place to ameliorate the discomfort the patient will undergo due to his or her inability to receive food and water.

  • ivan_the_mad

    This is the destination of the thought that we can assign economic value to a person, that some are worth more than others.