Thursday, August 6, 2009

Euthanasia — You Were A Human Being, Now You're A "Negative Economic Unit"

No, it's not something that may happen if... It's something that happens already, in some US states:
Doctor C.L. Gray and his Physicians for Reform group tell us of the horror story of Oregon’s government run healthcare plan that offered a cancer patient named Barbara all the suicide assisted funding she wanted, but not one penny for the medical care that could save her life.

As Doctor Gray put it, Barbara was no longer thought of by government as a patient but instead had become a “negative economic unit.” Oregon’s government run healthcare system wanted Barbara dead because keeping her alive was simply to costly.
As the population ages, as we have more retired people and fewer workers to support them, there will be more political powers and organizations interested in just that - eliminating those whom they regard as "negative economic units". They may hide their intentions behind fancy slogans like "dying with dignity" and using euphemisms to position murder as mercy. But that doesn't make a wholesale slaughter any less ugly.
The word “euthanasia” was designed from the beginning as a euphemism—as an attempt to draw the happy face over a profoundly ugly thing, and thereby slide over the moral depths—in the pioneering days of eugenics. The purpose of euphemism is to decorate a lie.
Euthanasia is the final “life issue,” the clincher for what the last pope called “the culture of death.” Even when legalizing abortion, we agreed only to the slaughter of human beings we could not see. It was still possible to look away, to pretend we were not killing “real people,” only “potential people.” But when we embrace so-called “mercy killing,” we embrace slaughter not only for the sick and old, but ultimately, the “option” of easy suicide for ourselves. It will be hard to go lower.
When people turn a blind eye on abortion, when they accept the notion of sacrificing unborn babies for the sake of one's personal convenience (relationship, career, financial well-being or whatever excuse they can come up with,) they shouldn't be surprised if their own lives too get sacrificed - for someone else's personal convenience.

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