What About People Who Want You to Kill Them?

What About People Who Want You to Kill Them? December 5, 2014

Euthanasia is the practice of killing another person. It is murder.

One question that orbits around this debate is based on the “difference” between euthanasia and, say, a drive-by shooting. Many — certainly not all, but many — of the victims of euthanasia ask to be killed. So, people whose brains have marinated in relativism and other addlepated lines of reasoning ask, Doesn’t that make euthanasia “different.”

The quick and obvious answer is no. It does not. It someone asks you to kill them, and you then kill them, you are a murderer. Let me repeat these obvious facts. Euthanasia is murder. No amount of legal sophistry can change that. It is the practice of killing another, innocent person. That is murder.

If a person asks you to kill them, and you do it, then you are a murderer. If you take money for killing them, that makes you a murderer for money, a legal hit man or woman. If you run a killing business in which you do this over and over, that makes you a serial killer.

If you are an elected official and you vote to legalize euthanasia, you are a murderer. If you are a doctor, health care worker, office clerk in a hospital or doctor’s office, a friend or family member and you refer for euthanasia, you also are a murderer.

If you knowingly and deliberately invest money in euthanasia by donating to euthanasia advocacy groups or by investments in euthanasia clinics, you are an accessory to murder. If you write blogs or books or make speeches in favor of euthanasia, you are an accessory to murder.

There are no qualifiers to this.

I know precisely what I am talking about. I did quite a number of these things in support of legal abortion. Every single one of them made me a murderer. I have had to live with that for a long time now. If it wasn’t for the mercy of Jesus Christ, I would be lost eternally in that black pit of what I did.

I am calling on every person who has advocated for euthanasia to repent of this today, right now, this minute. Don’t be a fool. Save your soul.

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16 responses to “What About People Who Want You to Kill Them?”

  1. Every word you say is true. What is so marvelous about Church teaching is that she guides us in what is right in real life circumstances where we might have to make decisions for loved ones or as professionals. Thanks for being so clear. I think we can get back on track, it’lol just take dedication and evangelization.

  2. Suicide is illegal for all of us. Wanting to die doesn’t give you the right to murder yourself or to ask someone else to murder you.

  3. And what about Living Wills? Many people leave legal documents describing their desire not to have their lives extended. Even to the extent of rejecting fluids or feeding tubes. Are the people who request this guilty of suicide. Are the doctors and family members who follow the dying person’s wishes guilty of murder?

    • There is nothing wrong with an individual deciding to forego treatment that has become useless and perhaps even harmful. The difference between that and euthanasia is the difference between accepting the natural process of dying and actively killing someone. It is murder to kill an innocent person.

      • Doesn’t that assume that the cause of death is the disease itself – the natural cause, and not the withholding of life sustaining food and fluids? Are you saying that there are no cases in which the person dies of thirst rather than from the disease?
        Also, you seem to be making a specific point about killing innocent people. Is the execution of a criminal not murder?

        • I think I misunderstood you.

          I do not countenance withholding nutrition. I was referring to the patient’s right to forego extraordinary means of treatment.

          Living wills have been used to euthanize people. I personally know of instances in which living wills were mis-used this way. One involved an elderly woman in a nursing home who signed a DNR and who choked during a meal. The staff refused to help her because of the DNR. This happened to a friend of a friend in a nursing home in Arkansas.

          I have friends who either own nursing homes or who have worked in them who have told me horrible stories of the suffering of people whose families ordered that water and food be withdrawn. The person this died over a period of days from thirst, which is one of the most horrible deaths anyone can have. Their suffering was immense.

          Also, hospital staff have repeatedly tried to get my mother (who has dementia) to sign an advanced directive taking away her right to food and water. I once walked into a hospital room and caught a nurse explaining to her that she should sign this. Mama had the pen in her hand and would have signed if I hadn’t interrupted them.

          Hospitals push “advanced directives” hard. Overtime you enter a hospital, they hand you the forms and ask you to fill them out.

          I’ve authored and passed legislation to try to address this in Oklahoma, but I think more needs to be done.

          • Right. No advanced directives or living wills. Appoint someone to represent you if you are unable to make decisions for yourself and say, in accordance with guidance and teachings of the Catholic Church.
            I’ve heard of others dehydrated to death, too.
            You can refuse any treatment, but not fluids or suction.

        • Murder is defined as the killing of an innocent human being. Killing a man who would otherwise go on to cause further grave harm to the world is not a perfect option, but an acceptable one if there is no other.

          See also, killing in self-defense, which is also licit. Again, not a perfect option, but possibly the necessary one.

  4. IIRC, though I don’t know how the USCCB/Hierarchy has ruled about this, an argument on the doctrine of second effect as applied to hospice care. Specifically, the argument goes that it is morally licit to give painkillers to a person dying to ease their pain, even if those painkillers would hasten or even cause their death. The point isn’t to kill the sufferer, but to ease their suffering, with the potential side effect of their death.

    This is, of course, as far from medical murder as the same doctrine applied in surgeries that may kill an unborn child is to abortion, or unavoidable civilian casualties in a just war as to total war. I bring this up simply to say that the point of rejecting euthanasia isn’t so that dying people will suffer, it’s because it’s murder.

    • Decades ago, when I was a young nurse, there was a lot of argument against giving sufficient narcotics to control pain to the terminally ill because of addiction fears, and hastening death. This never made any sense to me because the patients were terminal, who cares if they get addicted. I cared for patients back then, who had orders to give sufficient narcotics to control pain regardless of respirations. I always thought this was a judgment that required wisdom. Elderly do not always need too much pain relief because we get used to some discomfort and some would rather be aware so they can say goodbye in their last days or hours.
      I think the Church’s directives are best and most grounded in ethics because they come from our faith. I didn’t know that then, but it is obvious to me now.

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