Ladies for Life

Protecting your loved ones in an age of euthanasia

Posted on: April 5, 2011

Denny Hartford has a few suggestions.

He notes that active euthanasia – actual hastening of death – has become more common in medical facilities than many people realize – until they have a loved one in need of care.

The Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network is also a good place to turn for information, and help.

In Canada, there’s the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition.

Hawaii Right to Life has been working hard to fight euthanasia and assisted suicide.

OK, there are groups and individuals all over who are trying to fight this, but it’s something of an uphill battle, because all too many medical schools adopted a ‘quality of life’ mindset years back, and tossed out the Hippocratic Oath at the same time. Some med schools use a modified oath (which suggests that killing a patient should never be undertaken lightly, but it’s OK if you’re humble about it), and others don’t even go as far as that. (See here for more on the different oaths, and a discussion related to it.) So, we’re pretty much left with a lottery based on the individual consciences of the medical staff we happen to get, pushed or pulled by ethics committees and facility policies, when we go for care. And since so many people these days, including those operating health care facilities and nursing homes, think in terms of moral relativity or situational ethics, this can make it very dangerous to be at their (misguided) mercy.

Feel free to list other resources in the comments.


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