Euthanasia Is Coming for You

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by Raymond de Souza, KHS, KM  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  June 24, 2021   

Following a path of moral 'lukewarmness'

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Euthanasia occurs when the State allows the killing of people who have committed no crime — the innocent — to be an acceptable solution for a particular problem. After that, suddenly there is nothing to prevent the State from using death to solve an ever-increasing set of problems. So thought Hitler, Lenin and Mao Zedong.

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Pope Benedict XVI

In fact, the temptation to use death becomes quite acute. Killing, after all, is relatively easy and inexpensive; solving a problem, such as caring for people suffering from great pain, is extremely difficult and expensive.

But Pope Benedict XVI wrote on Feb. 1, 2009: "Euthanasia is a false solution to the drama of suffering, a solution that is not worthy of man. The real answer cannot be, in fact, to give death, however 'gentle it may be,' but to witness the love that helps us face pain and agony in a human way." 

The European Slippery Slope

The method is clear in countries such as Belgium and the Netherlands. Officially, they have legalized euthanasia for extreme cases involving adults suffering from incurable terminal illness.

In a short time, they accepted the euthanasia of:

  • babies who were born with non-lethal conditions, such as spina bifida
  • patients without their consent (I'm sure it's still called "murder")
  • people suffering from mental illnesses such as depression

Yet they completely ignore the necessary regulations that require doctors to report euthanasia cases, rendering it impossible to know whether a patient has been legally euthanized or simply murdered.

It's the Culture of Death — "Eliminate the unwanted," as in Auschwitz. 

In the Netherlands, some patients are being killed because they are just "tired of living." They're not sick. They're not dying. They just want to die. And instead of helping them, the doctors gladly administer the lethal injection. 

A death is a tragedy. A million deaths are just a statistic.

In one case, a 47-year-old woman in the Netherlands was killed at her request because she suffered from ringing in her ear. The clinic that euthanized the woman was later only "reprimanded." The doctors had not thoroughly researched whether there could be treatments that would help this woman with her problem. There may have been a treatment that could have helped her. But she's never going to find out whether it exists.

Stalin said, "A death is a tragedy. A million deaths are just a statistic."

Canada's Slide Down the Slope

Perhaps a recent development in Canada is disturbing enough to wake up Americans to what is waiting for us once indiscriminate euthanasia is fully legalized. In a prestigious medical journal, doctors at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children established policies and procedures to medically administer assisted death to children, including scenarios in which parents would not be informed until the child died.

Canadians are realizing their government's sleight of hand regarding euthanasia
 

Of course, by now, killing patients suffering from Alzheimer's or psychiatric problems is old news. But killing children without their parents' knowledge and consent? That's something I am sure you haven't even heard of before! 

And how do these "prestigious doctors," who write in this "prestigious medical journal," working in this "prestigious children's hospital," justify this terrible, terrible idea — killing children without consent and not even their parents' knowledge? Welcome to the "new normal," where the killing of the unwanted is normal indeed. Watch out, as you may be next, when you outlive the usefulness of your life as a taxpayer.

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Canadian PM Justin Trudeau is pushing for legislation that would

allow a 12-year-old to be killed without parental consent

Well, how do those Canadians explain it? Yes, with an impeccable logic: "It is OK: Euthanasia is now legal in Canada." See? As simple as that! This makes euthanasia just another form of "health care." This is, in a nutshell, the logic of the Culture of Death. 

If (and how humongous this "if" is!) the State accepts that actively killing people is "practical and ethically equivalent" to other forms of health care, then all sorts of things that people historically considered self-evidently evil quickly become justifiable, such as getting rid of certain ethnic minorities to "sanitize" the country, or having doctors kill minors without telling their parents, and killing the elderly because doctors think it is better for them.

Abortion: The Parallel Slippery Slope

Euthanasia is often presented to the public as an act of "compassion," a way to alleviate "unbearable suffering" for people who are already in their last days. For people who haven't thought enough about it, this argument seems quite convincing, especially for anyone who has been on the deathbed of a loved one, dying of a painful illness. Euthanasia in such extreme cases only seems "charitable."

If the State accepts that actively killing people is ... health care, then all sorts of things that people historically considered self-evidently evil quickly become justifiable.

The same goes for abortion. Pro-abortion activists always focus on extreme cases, for example, cases of rape, incest or life-threatening pregnancy. Actually, the woman who became famous in the historical Roe v. Wade who legalized abortion in the United States, Norma McCorvey, later admitted that she had lied about being raped. But the rape made a compelling story for the U.S. Supreme Court. 


Lax reporting laws for doctors will make it easier to kill patients


It did not matter if she told the truth later. It gave the Supreme Court the excuse it needed to legalize the murder of innocent babies by the millions. It made abortion a "human right."
 
In both cases — abortion and euthanasia — the killing was only to be "a last resort," an extreme solution to an extreme case. But as we know, that's not what happened. As soon as abortion was legalized, as if the dam walls burst open, the waters ran out and flooded the nation. Today, abortions in cases of rape or incest are only a very small minority of all abortions. The vast majority of abortions are for "social reasons" — that is, a quick fix.

Euthanasia and abortion are two sides of the same coin.

When euthanasia was legalized in Canada in 2016, Canadians were told it would only be for "terminally ill" patients. A few years later, they are being told that they may have to accept euthanasia for their own children, or for mentally ill patients who are not dying, or for people who have just been diagnosed with dementia but are not dying.

In all likelihood, there will be very little outcry. Canadians have already been conditioned to accept death as a solution. Moral lukewarmness took over most of them. Killing is easy. Taking care of others is more difficult.

Euthanasia and abortion are two sides of the same coin. Since the State (with the complicit silence of many in the Church hierarchy) accept abortion as a solution to "problems" early in life, it was only a matter of time before they began to accept death as a solution to the problems later in life.

Anyway, it's worth repeating: Killing is easy. Taking care of people is harder. 

Raymond de Souza, KHS, KM, is a knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, a knight of the Sovereign and Military Order of Malta and a fourth-degree Knight of Columbus. A speaker on pro-life and apologetics issues, he is the delegate for international missions of Human Life International. He has visited 38 countries of the six continents as part of conferences held in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese and has speaking ability in Italian and Afrikaans. He is available to address Catholic audiences anywhere in the free world to defend the Gospel of life and the purity of Catholic doctrine, counting on the recommendation of bishops and priests in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. He has been a radio broadcaster in New Zealand and Australia and, today, writes a syndicated column for the weekly national Catholic paper, The Wanderer.
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