“But he who misses me or sins against me wrongs and injures himself; all who hate me love and court death.” (Proverbs 8:36 AMP)
Coming soon to a state near you? Euthanasia for terminally ill people is legal in nine states and the District of Columbia. So far.
In The American Spectator, Wesley J. Smith says that limiting euthanasia to the terminally ill is “philosophically unsustainable.”
“If the point of allowing suicide by doctor is to eliminate suffering — and if eliminating suffering can include eliminating the sufferer — how can facilitated death be forbidden to patients, such as those with dementia and mental illness, who may suffer far more extremely and for a much longer time than the already dying?”
That might sound reasonable. After all, who wants anyone to suffer? Who wants someone else to suffer?
Or is there an alternative–like treatment and compassionate care? Is death the only option?
Part of the discussion surrounding the argument over abortion is whether the unborn child suffers as he or she is torn apart via suction or dismemberment, receives a shot of digoxin to stop his/her heart, or is crushed to death by instruments.
Deniers of unborn pain deny because they understand that only a cruel person doesn’t care whether others suffer.
So before we embrace an idea intended to alleviate suffering, let’s consider what follows.
And what follows is what’s happening now in Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, and perhaps soon, in Canada. The first three nations allow euthanasia for mental illness, and, Smith tells us, “Such procedures are not rare.”
The Swiss high court determined “several years ago that the mentally ill have a constitutional right to access death.” Switzerland has assisted suicide clinics. (See Soylent Green.)
Canada is considering expanding the “right to die,” now available only to the terminally ill, to include the mentally ill as well.
But a right implies choice. And Smith provides two accounts of euthanasia implemented involuntarily. In one case, over the objections of the patient, and in the other case, when the patient’s death was not “foreseeable” (a requirement of the law) and over the objections of the family.
You might expect that the respective governments would intervene or prosecute, but ultimately in these cases, the physician’s decisions were lauded.
And lest you think those cases are aberrations, 20 percent of “assisted suicides” in the Netherlands happen without “explicit consent.”
Voluntary euthanasia leads us to involuntary euthanasia. Every time.
Nancy Pearcey: ““It is a tragedy to see the medical profession move from suicide prevention to suicide facilitation. The right-to-die movement presents euthanasia as compassionate. But disparaging human life as expendable is not compassionate. The term ‘compassion’ literally means ‘to suffer with’ (com=with, passion=suffer). True compassion means being willing to suffer on behalf of others, loving them enough to bear the burden of caring for them.”
Those who make money from abortion say they support choice, but are quick to find only one “solution” for a crisis pregnancy.
And those who make money from euthanasia–and thus save the expense of caring for those in crisis–are quick to present the same “solution”.
Seldom today does anyone suffer without an available form of treatment or help. We can do more than death promoters acknowledge.
They present euthanasia, as they did abortion, as an easy out. But like abortion, euthanasia will prove to be not so easy and just as harmful to the cultures it touches.
As these proponents love and court death, they wrong and injure themselves.
And all of us with them.
23 Replies to “Those Who Love Death”
When the door to evil is opened, the pathway only gets darker. People who choose abortion or suicide facilitation are neglecting their God-given responsibility to care for others. It’s really very selfish and self centered, no matter what “good” reasons given. These “good” reasons are disguised manipulations. Great article! Keep speaking this message, Nancy!
Selfish manipulation. So true, Marcie. Thanks and God bless!
My heart breaks just a bit more every time I hear this nonsense. Don’t people understand what a precious gift life is?
Many do, J.D., and too many don’t realize until it’s too late. Thank you and God bless!
Nancy, you always make us think about life. I appreciate you sharing with us. I pray our hearts will soften and that we will follow God and not selfish wants.
Amen, Melissa. Thank you and God bless!
Human beings are basically selfish. Without the intervention of the Lord God, we grow even more self absorbed unless we turn deliberately to him. We must grow in selfless love.
With St. Francis, we need this heart attitude: “Lord grant that I shall never seek so much to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, or to be loved as to love, with all my heart.”
Euthanasia is a slippery slope, because we are selfish. We don’t want to provide the care and comfort needed by those who suffer for a long time. Thank you for writing about the things that make us uncomfortable, Nancy.
Thank you, Melinda. May we be more like Jesus and St. Francis. God bless!
God protect us from these evil ways. So many of these people want to be God instead of trusting God for His results. So very scary to imagine the future in these times. Thanks Nancy.
Sigh. Our world is becoming darker and darker. The answer is heart change through Christ, if only those who need Him would receive Him.
If only. But we must shine the light, because, in the darkness, it shows more brightly. Thank you, Ava, and God bless!
So disturbing on every level. The Scriptures are clear to care for the sick…a compassion we were wired for from the Creator, but we learn how to facilitate inhumane thoughts and ideas under the falsehood of alleviating suffering. Physicians are crossing the line in euthanasia and abortion.
And the line is so clearly drawn. Thank you, Karen. God bless!
Thanks for this, Nancy. You always open my eyes in such new and important ways! God bless you and your ministry… and your heart for turning our culture toward Him.
Thank you, Jessica, for sharing that heart. God bless!
Once one group of people have the right to assisted suicide, it is only a matter of time before a judge will rule that others should have the right as well.
Perhaps not the right, but the obligation. Thanks, Christopher. God bless!
My heart hurts for our nation and those who place convenience over human lives. The only solution to selfishness is Jesus!
He is, indeed, the only solution, Candice. May we shine His light in the ever encompassing darkness around us. Thanks and God bless!
This makes my stomach hurt. As you know I have a disabled brother. No doubt, some would determine him not worthy of living. Lord Jesus, please hear our cries and save us!
Please, Lord, hear us. Thank you, Melissa, and God bless!
The arc is inevitable. Thank you for so lucidly explaining, as you always do, Nancy, what so many fail to see.
Thanks, Mitch. God bless!