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Woman with brain cancer makes a heartfelt plea to those in favour of assisted suicide: don't give up on me
|Posted on March 5, 2015 at 8:37 AM||comments ()|
Maggie Karner is from Connecticut in the United States and is suffering from brain cancer.
Her message is one of hope for those who are against assisted suicide and who would rather the energies of wider society were put into caring for people with illness, rather than simply putting them to sleep. Her message is also a wake up call to those who advocate for assisted suicide.
Maggie says: "Assisted suicide law would undermine my cancer battle. I can tell you from personal experience that it [assisted suicide advocacy] is nearly as troubling as the cancer itself. You see, I get strength and comfort from the knowledge that nobody is going to give up on me - medically, psychologically or holistically."
She continues: "Right now, I have the firm support of the state and my fellow citizens in my desire to live - no matter the cost of the burden. If that were to change, the tiny knowledge that I might be straining my family, friends, doctors or community resources unnecessarily would be a heavy burden. The constant 'option' for suicide would wear at my resolve and I fear, become an unspoken 'duty' for me and others."
Maggie's warning certainly echoes the concerns raised by many people about assisted suicide and its potential effect on a number of vulnerable people.
In a call to her fellow Connecticut citizens (which is a call we in the UK should also take note of) Maggie said: "I encourage the caring voters of Connecticut to once again contact their state legislators and insist that assisted suicide has no place in our state of independent thinkers. Slogans of 'right to die' are just words to people like me who need your constant and continued support to avoid a 'duty to die'.
We have been warned.
|Posted on February 12, 2015 at 8:59 AM||comments ()|
Doctors in Scotland have made clear their opposition to assisted suicide as the Health and Sport Committee continues to hear evidence on the proposed new legislation at Holyrood.
In an open letter to The Herald fifteen senior clinicians expressed their concern that 'legalisation of assisted suicide would expose our patients to internal or external pressures to consider [the option of assisted suicide], creating a dilemma which would compound their distress and prejudice their treatment and its outcome.'
In response to the view that the prospects for many patients is 'bleak, agonising and undignified', the doctors said that 'palliative care in our country is world leading....Our patients, and their families, consistently tell us that good care made all the difference and we know that the overwhelming majority will experience a peaceful and comfortable end to life.'
The letter then ends with a real concern about how wide the eligibility for assisted suicide could be under the new legislation and suggests that 'it would be far more productive to alleviate suffering by affirming our world-leading quality of palliative care and bringing the wider availability of that care up to the level of excellence already provided for cancer patients.'
|Posted on February 3, 2015 at 8:11 AM||comments ()|
Later today, the UK Parliament will vote on whether to introduce laws to allow the creation of 'three parent babies'. It is a move that must be resisted for a number of reasons and it is sincerely hoped that MP's will vote overwhelmingly against allowing the procedure.
While proponents argue that it will help root out certain conditions, including some disabilities, we should not be fooled into thinking this is a simple exercise in making the human race better.
Science is going into the unknown and we can in no way be certain of the consequences. Further, there are weighty ethical arguments against such a procedure which many people have failed to consider.
Think about disabled people. We are going down a road which may mean nobody is born with a disability. Is this because we think there is something wrong with disabled people and that they have less value than others? If we are going to eradicate disabled people through this procedure then the only logical explanation for allowing it is because those who are disabled are somehow of inferior value. That, for me, simply is not right.
Our governments in the UK and Scotland are taking us down a dangerous road to what they perceive to be 'human perfection'. Abortion already allows unwanted babies to be rooted out of society. Assisted suicide, which is currently under consideration in Scotland, will allow for the rooting out of people with disabilities and serious ill health; people who supposedly have little to offer society. Three parent babies is just the next step in that rooting out of the seemingly 'imperfect' among us.
I don't know about you, but I believe every single human being brought into existence has value. And that's not necessarily anything to do with being religious. Basic human perception should lead us to appreciate the value of every single human life. This, for me, is what equality is all about. After all, if we don't have equality in terms of the value of life, we simply cannot have equality.
Click here to read Tim Stanley's article on 'Three Parent Babies' in the Telegraph: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/11380784/Three-parent-babies-unethical-scary-and-wrong.html
Disabled and mentally ill increasingly at risk as Belgium becomes more and more liberal with assisted suicide
|Posted on January 30, 2015 at 11:40 AM||comments ()|
It’s not as if we didn’t know this was coming. Belgium has, after all, already legalised the euthanizing of children. But now the reality of assisted suicide for those who suffer from mental ill health and those who are disabled is becoming a reality, with increasing numbers of people using the option to take their own lives, and with considerable ease.
There are reported cases of a transgender man who struggled with mental illness from a childhood trauma and who was killed ‘with dignity’ as proponents of assisted suicide like to say. There is the case of twins who were euthanized because they were going blind and because it was felt they had nothing to live for. This is the reality of assisted suicide.
Life is being destroyed all around us. It started with contraception and abortion and now we have people telling us that killing should be even more widely available. They suggest it should stretch to any vulnerable person who feels they would be better off dead. The sense of caring and the responsibility to love one another has been consigned to the modern day secular dustbin. Love, it seems, is a tired concept. Survival of the fittest and the strongest would appear to have won the day in countries like Belgium.
For Catholics, there simply is no way other than love. Jesus calls on all of us to love our neighbour and to love life. Our life is from the very moment of our conception until the day we die in accordance with the will of God. We are not entitled to take control of our lives out of God’s hands. We cannot play God. Remember, the devil wanted to be God. It does not pay to meddle with God-given life. Please, please, if you haven’t already done so, read our recent post on assisted suicide in Scotland and make sure you write to your MSP and sign the ‘Care Not Killing’ petition. You can find everything you need by clicking this link.
This is a hugely significant battle, a battle which is, for some, a matter of life and death.
To read a more detailed article on this at Live Action News and to see a video of a doctor euthanizing a woman in Belgium, click this link: http://liveactionnews.org/documentary-shows-belgian-doctor-euthanizing-a-depressed-suicidal-woman/
|Posted on January 6, 2015 at 10:53 AM||comments ()|
Healthcare professionals must care, not kill
It is being reported that the Scottish Government's Health and Sport Committee, which will meet next week to discuss the proposed Assisted Suicide Bill, is likely to reject the proposals initially put forward by the late Margo MacDonald.
Proponents have suggested that most of those invited to consult on the bill are against assisted suicide which will ensure any plans to introduce assisted dying in Scotland are doomed to failure at a very early stage.
This may, of course, be down to the fact that most medical professionals are against such a move, and for very good reason. It is the task of the medical profession to care for people and bring them back to health. If that is not possible then it is a basic human right for all people that the state ensure they are cared for in the best way possible with the intention of alleviating any pain and suffering as far as possible. It is not the task of doctors and nurses to simply dispense with this basic tenet of their profession and secure the death of patients.
Should the legislation come to pass, people with disabilities and the elderly will suddenly be at risk as the reality of state sanctioned killing comes to Scotland.
And let us not forget sick children. Even the state is content to allow for their death in western civilisations such as Belgium. It is inevitable that assisted suicide for children will eventually come to Scotland should this bill be passed.
It is no secret that states which have introduced assisted suicide have experienced significant increases in death rates. Consider the state of Oregon in the United States where a 450% increase in deaths has followed since the introduction of assisted suicide in 1997. That's a 450% increase in death! A similar increase has been experienced in the Netherlands in recent years.
Care Not Killing, an organisation which is directly opposed to the new bill has outlined the following concerns with assisted suicide:
Dr Peter Saunders, Campaign Director of Care Not Killing, has said: "The right to die can so easily become the duty to die and vulnerable people who are sick, elderly or disabled will inevitably feel pressure, whether real or imagined, to end their lives so as not to be a burden on others. Ms MacDonald's new proposals are effectively her old ones dished up again. I expect the Scottish Parliament to give them short shrift."
Let's hope Dr Saunders is right and that this bill is short lived.
Remember, it is not too late to sign the Care Not Killing petition and to inform your MSP of your opposition to this bill. You can do so now by clicking here: http://www.carenotkilling.org.uk/scotland/petition/
|Posted on November 7, 2014 at 7:49 AM||comments ()|
Please remember to sign the Care Not Killing petition against assisted suicide. This is vitally important if we are to resist the increasingly influential culture of death in our society. Every signature counts!
Click here to access the petition: http://www.carenotkilling.org.uk/scotland/petition/
|Posted on November 5, 2014 at 11:51 AM||comments ()|
Click here to read Jimmy Akin's views on this question and what Catholic teaching says about suicide.
Click here to read Jimmy's article: http://jimmyakin.com/2014/11/if-a-person-commits-suicide-is-he-automatically-lost.html