Sunday, January 6, 2013

Death By Starvation And Dehydration - For The Sake Of "Dignity" And "Choice"

Unfortunately that's the reality in the culture where human life has been devalued:
Sick children are being discharged from NHS hospitals to die at home or in hospices on controversial ‘death pathways’.
Earlier this month, an un-named doctor wrote of the agony of watching the protracted deaths of babies. The doctor described one case of a baby born with ‘a lengthy list of unexpected congenital anomalies’, whose parents agreed to put it on the pathway.

The doctor wrote: ‘They wish for their child to die quickly once the feeding and fluids are stopped. They wish for pneumonia. They wish for no suffering. They wish for no visible changes to their precious baby.

‘Their wishes, however, are not consistent with my experience. Survival is often much longer than most physicians think; reflecting on my previous patients, the median time from withdrawal of hydration to death was ten days.
Well, if ripping a baby into pieces while still in the womb is called "choice", then it's only logical that, eventually, this murderous "choice" gets extended past birth. It might be called differently, like "the right to die" or "dying with dignity", but where do you see dignity, let alone rights?
Up to 60,000 patients die on the Liverpool Care Pathway each year without giving their consent, shocking figures revealed yesterday.

A third of families are also kept in the dark when doctors withdraw lifesaving treatment from loved ones.
The pathway involves withdrawal of lifesaving treatment, with the sick sedated and usually denied nutrition and fluids. Death typically takes place within 29 hours.
And now, brace yourself for this: UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the death pathway was a 'fantastic step forward'. This is how a poor-choice mind works. I wonder what makes him so sure that he won't be the one left to die without food and water some day in the not so distant future...

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