31 March 2005

Stop The ACLU BlogBurst Thursday

I guess the way to start this is to define Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide. Voluntary euthanasia: When the person who is killed has requested to be killed. Non-voluntary: When the person who is killed made no request and gave no consent. Iinvoluntary euthanasia: When the person who is killed made an expressed wish to the contrary. Assisted suicide: Someone provides an individual with the information, guidance, and means to take his or her own life with the intention that they will be used for this purpose. When it is a doctor who helps another person to kill themselves it is called "physician assisted suicide." Euthanasia By Action: Intentionally causing a person's death by performing an action such as by giving a lethal injection. Euthanasia By Omission: Intentionally causing death by not providing necessary and ordinary (usual and customary) care or food and water. These are the definitions that I was able to find on the National Right To Life website. Also on their website is a quote from former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD, which I will employ later. The ACLU has on numerous occasions acted on the behalf of individuals who wish to end a life in violation of local, state, or federal law. It seems to me, that if there is a legal proceeding involving the death of anybody, the ACLU has to stick their nose in it. And always on the wrong side. If it's a convicted serial killer, the ACLU will file briefs to keep the needle out of his arm. But if it involves abortion, euthanasia, or assisted suicide, they file on behalf of the party doing the killing. And on that point, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, MD said, "... We must be wary of those who are too willing to end the lives of the elderly and the ill. If we ever decide that a poor quality of life justifies ending that life, we have taken a step down a slippery slope that places all of us in danger. There is a difference between allowing nature to take its course and actively assisting death. The call for euthanasia surfaces in our society periodically, as it is doing now under the guise of "death with dignity" or assisted suicide. Euthanasia is a concept, it seems to me, that is in direct conflict with a religious and ethical tradition in which the human race is presented with " a blessing and a curse, life and death," and we are instructed '...Therefore, to choose life." I believe 'euthanasia' lies outside the commonly held life-centered values of the West and cannot be allowed without incurring great social and personal tragedy. This is not merely an intellectual conundrum. This issue involves actual human beings at risk..." . And he's right. By allowing individuals to end their own lives, assisting in their efforts to end their own lives, or facilitating conditions in which a disabled dependent person would un-naturally encounter death, we as a society are guilty of assisting in the death. And state sponsored killing isn't something that is consistent with the principles of this great country. The Terri Shindler-Schiavo right to live case is a perfect example of what is wrong with these types of decisions. No written consent signed by Terri has been produced to allow the withholding of food and water. She was in no eminent danger of dying of her injuries and was not on life support. Her husband has been withholding treatment and diagnostic procedures that could give doctors a better understanding of her true condition. He has spent the better part of the last 7 years fighting court battles for the right to euthanize his wife. He even went so far as to hire an attorney that drafted an amendment to the "life prolonging procedures" definition in the Florida law which allows the termination of such procedures. This amendment included artificial sustenance and hydration, and was drafted for the sole purpose of ending Terri Schindler-Schiavo's life. In other words, Euthanasia By Omission. The bottom line is, the ACLU is 100% behind the killing of the innocent, ill, elderly, and mentally challenged. But if a serial killer is about to get the needle, the ACLU files briefs pro bono to attempt to spare the life of the murder. It seems to me that their priorities are all screwed up. But what else is new.
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2 Comments:

Blogger John said...

Great post! Keep up the good work! Keep speaking from the heart! That is the only way to go! To hell with the ACLU!

3/31/2005 12:31:00 AM  
Blogger Amy Allen said...

Amen, Mr.G!

3/31/2005 12:12:00 PM  

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