Euthanasia


First the doctor added a depressant to the woman’s coffee.

Dutch doctor asked the family to hold grandma down as she begged not to die

The Netherlands has always been at the forefront of the anti-life agenda; however, one recent account shared through the Daily Mail provides some insight as to why the Dutch have started to turn from euthanasia (also known as mercy killing or assisted suicide).

“In the latest controversial incident the unnamed woman, who was over 80, reportedly suffered from dementia and had earlier expressed a desire for euthanasia when she deemed that ‘the time was right’.

As her situation deteriorated, it became difficult for her husband to care for her, and she was placed in a nursing home.

Medical paperwork showed that she often exhibited signs of fear and anger, and would wander around the building at nights. The nursing home senior doctor was of the opinion that she was suffering intolerably, but that she was no longer in a position where she could confirm that the time was now right for the euthanasia to go ahead.

However the doctor was of the opinion that the woman’s circumstances made it clear that the time was now right.

The doctor secretly placed a soporific in her coffee to calm her, and then had started to give her a lethal injection.

Yet while injecting the woman she woke up, and fought the doctor. The paperwork showed that the only way the doctor could complete the injection was by getting family members to help restrain her.

It also revealed that the patient said several times ‘I don’t want to die’ in the days before she was put to death, and that the doctor had not spoken to her about what was planned because she did not want to cause unnecessary extra distress. She also did not tell her about what was in her coffee as it was also likely to cause further disruptions to the planned euthanasia process.

The Review Committee concluded that the doctor ‘has crossed the line’ by giving her the first sleeping medicine, and also should have stopped when the woman resisted. The paperwork and the recommendations of the committee are now being considered by prosecutors and health officials.

Kohnstamm said he was in favour of a trial: ‘Not to punish the doctor, who acted in good faith and did what she had to do, but to get judicial clarity over what powers a doctor has when it comes to the euthanasia of patients suffering from severe dementia.’ “

To me, this seems like an excessive case of “God syndrome” on the part of that female doctor.

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Europe Dives More Deeply into the Euthanasia Issue

In a 29 Sepbember 2016 OneNewsNow article the counter-intuitive trend of Europeans favoring euthanasia among its young came to light.

“There is more proof emerging from Europe that euthanasia, once legalized, will get out of hand.

The focus is on the Netherlands, where some lawmakers and members of the medical profession want to expand the age limit of children who qualify for euthanasia.

Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition says current Dutch law states that euthanasia can be performed on children ages 12 to 16 with permission of the parents or if the child is ruled to be incompetent.

‘After (age) 16,’ he says, ‘the child just has to be deemed competent like anybody else.’

In addition, parents can have a child killed up to its first birthday. That’s also current law.

What euthanasia proponents want to do is to legalize it for children from age two through 12, believing many children may be fully aware of the consequences of a lethal injection:

‘And the belief,’ Schadenberg warns, ‘is that it’s sort of like a natural progression while you’ve allowed euthanasia.’

What the euthanasia proponents do is, he tells OneNewsNow, is convince the public to allow it, with strict guidelines. Then as it becomes more accepted in society, broaden the range of people who qualify, including children, or perhaps just those who are tired of living.

The only way to stop it, says the pro-life activist, is to not legalize it in the first place.”

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I call this movement toward promoting euthanasia among the young as a “counter-intuitive” move because:

  • We must give our young every reason to live, not die.
  • We need to reinforce the value of all lives (from the womb to people in the inner city to old age)
    • We need to let the young know that their baby deserves life (even if the mom must send the baby to adoption)
    • We must work against the live-for-the-moment culture of the inner city where loose living and early deaths predominate
    • We must look out for the old who have become a burden to their children and just a cost to the government
  • We must provide hope provided by a gracious and giving God that provides in ways that are beyond the salvation-by-works plans of this world

Child euthanasia starts in Belgium

Belgium performed its first child euthanasia on a terminally-ill minor in September 2016 as reported by CTV News.

“A terminally ill minor has been helped to die in Belgium for the first time since the country did away with age restrictions on euthanasia two years ago, according to the senator who wrote the law.

Liberal Senator Jean-Jacques De Gucht confirmed the death of the sick juvenile to The Associated Press Saturday.

He said the minor was from Belgium’s Flemish region, but declined to provide any further details about the patient to protect the privacy of the grieving family.

Belgium is the only country that allows minors of any age assistance in dying, De Gucht said. In Holland, the lower age limit for euthanasia is 12 years.

‘It’s terrible when a youngster suffers, but it gives me some comfort to know that now there is a choice out there for children in the final terminal stages,’ De Gucht said. ‘It’s important that society doesn’t neglect people in such pain.’

The Belgian law has very strict rules for the euthanasia to be approved. It requires the minor to be in the final stages of a terminal illness, to understand the difference between life and death rationally and to have asked to end his or her life on repeated occasions. It also requires parental consent and finally the approval of two doctors, including a psychiatrist.

The law — one of the most far-reaching in the Western world — had wide public support when it was introduced in 2014, but was opposed by some pediatricians and the country’s Roman Catholic clergy.

Catholic teaching forbids euthanasia and the president of the Italian bishops conference on Saturday described the news of the euthanasia of a child as painful and worrisome.

‘It pains us as Christians but it also pains us as persons,’ Genoa Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco told Italian news agency ANSA.”

(Read more at CTV News)

Words from the Light of Life

To show how important life is to God, His Son said these things:

Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. (John 14:6 NASB)

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, (John 11:25 NASB)

In order that we might know where life originates, these verses in Revelation tell us of the river of life flowing from the throne of God.

Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever. (Revelation 22:1-5 NASB)

Just as God the Father give laws on life and God the Son identify himself as “the resurrection and the life,” but we also know that the Spirit gives life.

It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. (John 6:63 NASB)

From the beginning, the choice has been ours.  We can choose life or death.  Choose life.

See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity; in that I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments, that you may live and multiply, and that the Lord your God may bless you in the land where you are entering to possess it. But if your heart turns away and you will not obey, but are drawn away and worship other gods and serve them, I declare to you today that you shall surely perish. You will not prolong your days in the land where you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess it. I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them. (Deuteronomy 30:15-20 NASB)