The abortion war seems to be going our way. News outlets like lifenews.com and
breitbart.com have published articles saying so, and even Elizabeth Nash of the pro-choice
Guttmacher Institute has been quoted as saying “The debate at the federal level affected what
happened at the state level, and accessing abortion is much more difficult in 2014 than it was in
of Europe, so do, I’m concerned, views on the value of human life. Abortion is being defeated in
the United States, so it’s not that we have to worry as much about, or at least in the same way––
but rather (physician) assisted suicide.
If you get sick a lot, plan your vacations accordingly. The most notable countries that
have directly legalized the practice of euthanasia for dying patients are Switzerland (1942),
Belgium (2002), and The Netherlands, where criteria for legality was determined through a
series of court cases in the 1980s. Domestically, the timeline follows the trend hypothesis I
established earlier (with the exception of Belgium) via either legislation or court cases: Oregon
in 1994, Washington in 2008, Montana in 2009, and Vermont in 2013; New Mexico is in the
process of determining whether to adopt the measure or not. Laws in each state and country have
different requirements for someone to be eligible for murder and include things like state of the
patient, who can make the decision to end a life, and who can administer the lethal drug. But this
is not supposed to be an all-encompassing, completely informative essay.
healthcare are any indication, killing off the sick and elderly is coming next. The scariest part is,
even though Hitler did something similar in Nazi Germany, ‘it’s ok this time’ because it’s
justified as mercy. The degradation of human life being allowed here makes my heart sink. Sure,
maybe you could twist some assisted suicides into being merciful (though medical advances in
pain management frequently nullify those arguments), but it doesn't take away the fact that
you're throwing your life (or under some laws, the life of a loved one) away.
The most disturbing realization I had on the issue of euthanasia is the comparison to
animals. Cats and dogs get ‘put down’ all the time because it would be irrational to spend the
same amount of money on vet bills as on a family member with cancer, and because you'd much
rather spend as much time as you can with your father on his deathbed than your pet who, sick or
not, couldn't talk to you or love you the same way in the first place. Therefore, assisted suicide is
another way the sacred line between humans and animals is blurred.
The ‘not dead yet’ argument is very easy to make if you look at the issue through a lens of
faith. Suffering is certainly deserving of merit in Christianity, and as far as I understand, most
religions, if the hardship is devoted to God or other deity in accordance with whatever other
belief system; it seems clear as day that Christians would adamantly oppose euthanasia.
My summarized opinion is this: things (like public policy, in this case) seem to start in
Europe and end up spreading in America some time later. Across the pond, and now in our own
country, people are being put down like dogs in the name of a cruel, false mercy. All chances of
a miraculous recovery (which are rare but not unheard of) are shut down, and those who are
dying are denied the natural death God planned for them. I’m sure we all wish we could go back
in time and stop abortion in the first place. We cannot leave future generations with that same
desire. That’s why, as a movement, I ask us to take preventative action against every form of
assisted suicide. After all, it’s much easier to contain a disease if people are already immune.