By Nancy Valko
I am on the road this week speaking to groups and doing radio interviews. So here is an article published in Voices magazine (a Catholic women’s’ magazine) in 2003 with an update in 2005. In the intervening years, the problems have grown worse but I originally wrote this article when almost no one had heard of futility policies. Here is the article.
When I first saw “Jack” last September (2002), he was lying unconscious in an ICU with a ventilator to help him breathe. It had been two weeks since a truck struck the 60 year-old and his injuries were devastating — including broken bones, blunt-force trauma and a severe head injury.Read more
By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
We are justly proud of our medical system in this country. Each of us knows people who are healthy and productive at what used to be considered very old age. Yet the latest headlines scream that life expectancy is down. Articles listing the causes of death show how high are our suicide rates. They actually list doctor-prescribed suicide as one of the causes. Suicide rates are up everywhere, but much more so in states where doctor-prescribed suicide is legal. Legalizing doctor-prescribed suicide causes other suicides to skyrocket.
Reading this reminds us how important it is to defeat doctor-prescribed suicide in Massachusetts. Hearings on bills that would legalize DPS will take place at the State House on Tuesday, September 26 starting at 10 or 11 am.
Please mark your calendar and seriously plan to be there!
Doctor-prescribed suicide and euthanasia, when mixed with the need for transplant organs, will bring us very close to organ harvesting, utilitarian killing of people for the value of their organs. Does that sound far-fetched? It’s already beginning in the Netherlands and Belgium, and now Canada is beginning to consider it, according to Wesley J. Smith.Read more
Canada has a problem. The country legalized euthanasia and assisted suicide last year, but can’t find enough doctors willing to kill their patients, so now they’re thinking of paying a premium to those who will.
According to Thomas Lipton in American Thinker: “The slippery slope is real. Once the state gets in the business of killing off its citizens via euthanasia, the brutal logic of economics works its way through the system. In Canada, which legalized euthanasia just over a year ago, one of the most important forums for political discussion, Maclean's Magazine, published an article arguing that doctors ought to be paid a premium for euthanizing terminal patients.”
In our presentations on doctor-prescribed suicide at MCFL we try not to lean heavily on the slippery slope or foreign happenings, but this is bizarre. And just wait until you read the rationale for paying these doctors!
As we await the next ruling from the judge in the case of Charlie Gard, the British infant whose parents are trying to keep him alive despite the best efforts of the hospital to let him die, R.R. Reno at First Things has a solid analysis of this and similar cases and the moral distinctions involved. It also explains why a case that takes place so far away would so concern us here in Massachusetts.Read more