Defeating Euthanasia, One Person At A Time

The news story about the Belgian twin brothers who were euthanized on 14 December 2012, was the first story I read when I got home from work. The brothers, while in relatively good health at present, were given a prognosis of blindness and the thought of not being able to see each other put them in a state of despair. In the peace and quiet of an empty house, I became sadder and sadder as I continued to read.

elderly in wheelchair

Closer to home, Quebec’s National Assembly thinks it has found a way to circumvent existing Canadian laws prohibiting euthanasia and physician assisted suicide by calling for legalized assisted suicide in rare circumstances. Euthanasia proponents here in Canada who state emphatically that strict regulations will be applied to any legal euthanasia procedures are only fooling themselves or, perhaps, trying to fool us. Once the flood gates are opened, there will be no stopping the insanity. The Belgian incident is proof of that.

As a registered nurse working in the community, that morning I had visited patients in a nursing home and then, later that day, made a stop at a retirement residence. Each day, I care for people who are frail, suffering from debilitating physical and mental conditions, and struggling to get through the day. Those who are relatively healthy and independent worry about the day when they will no longer be able to help themselves. When I read an article such as the one about the Belgian twins, my heart is heavy because my patients are the most likely candidates for euthanasia and physician assisted suicide. Professor Margaret Somerville, founding director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics, and Law, McGill University, wrote the following in an article for the National Post Newspaper on 17 January 2013: “legalization … is especially dangerous for old or disabled people. If euthanasia is an option, they are likely to perceive themselves as a burden on their families and on society, which they could relieve through euthanasia. They could even feel they have a duty to die.”

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Deo Gratias

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13 Responses to Defeating Euthanasia, One Person At A Time

  1. lilyboat says:

    This is a great article, Terry. And some great points you have mentioned. There was an article I read not long ago that quotes a study result done in India. People suffering from Schizophrenia had better recovery because the families were more acceptable, and supportive about their ailing members. And it’s true with all human sufferings. We must “love one another” as God has commended us.. and unfortunately, modern people interpret the value of love in the most wicked ways sometimes.

    Thank you for this awakening article!

  2. What a wonderful topic to open your column with. That is exactly what they are: prayer warriors. I often offer up the suffering of the sick and dying when I see them to Our Lady. I don’t know if that counts for anything but I hate to make suffering go to waste. Love the new pic by the way.

  3. Mr. V. says:

    This also touches on one of my beliefs, that families should take care of its members. In my opinion, there’s something beautiful in taking care of a parent in their elder years. Our parents held us in their arms when we were babes, unable to care for ourselves. They fed us, dressed us, bathed us, entertained us, and took care of all our needs. When the day comes that our parents become old and frail and are no longer to take care of all their own needs, can we do no less for them? And I don’t buy the whole “they belong in a nursing home” argument. If one can afford to put a parent into a nursing home, could that person not afford to have a home health nurse visit a few times a week for critical medical needs?

  4. SaintlySages says:

    Bl JP II faced the physical decline of aging by humbly accepting his cross with courage and faith. He is a model for Christian maturity.

  5. reinkat says:

    It’s a wonderful article. Very persuasive and to the point.
    I appreciate the mention of the chronically ill feeling pressure, even a duty, to relieve their families of the burden of caring for them. I think this is also unwittingly furthered by the pressure to put down sick and elderly pets, to “put them out of their misery”. This attitude is subtly carried through the subconscious, and even openly vocalized in our secular culture to influence human beings, too. There is so much cultural reference to us as animals, or machines, with all the implications that that entails. People increasingly make the shift to rationalize killing as a merciful act in order to make their own lives easier, less expensive, and less fearful of facing their own death. We need always beware of the slippery slope—and also to consider our treatment of the other creatures on the planet.

  6. When my elderly grandmother was confined to a nursing home and mostly to her bed, my mother was distraught. She so wished Grandma could live with us. “What do you do all day?” she asked.
    My grandmother replied, “I have plenty to do. I pray.” Maybe someone needs to start an apostolate of elderly and disabled people who pray for the rest of us.

  7. SaintlySages says:

    Your Grandma is a great example of solidarity within the Body of Christ: how those who can work do so, while those who cannot pray for them. Every human person has a valuable function in society, contributing to both his own good and the common good of all. I suspect that those who make it their apostolate on earth to pray for others continue to intercede for us after they pass from this life to the next. I truly value their prayers.

  8. tannngl says:

    This really must be understood by people in the US. Belgium, Netherlands have allowed euthanasia and now are euthanizing children. The Netherlands now has vans that come to your house to give you home service. And their lawmakers said it would never come to this when they started down that path with the original law.
    The Deputy PM in Japan just told the elderly in Japan they had the obligation to die. (He’s not that young).
    The UK has the ‘Liverpool Pathway’ the way to die. 130K elderly are euthanized in the UK every year.
    We NEED a discussion about this. NOW.

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