Friday, June 20, 2008

Where Will It End

I have no question about where it started.

My main concern about legalizing euthanasia for humans was not a lack of regard for suffering but I knew deep down that the time would come when the state would first encourage people to take that option, then would do it to those who are comatose, and then would finally mandate it. Well it hasn't reached the mandate stage yet but the first stage has been reached.

Barbara Wagner
of Oregon has lung cancer and the drug she needed would not be covered by the state medical plan, but she was given word that she would receive comfort treatment including, possibly, physician assisted suicide (which the state assured her it would pay for.) Fortunately the big bad drug company, the big awful business, is going to give her a years supply of the medication.

I understand that the state has limited resources and that sometimes they have to say no. That's just how the world is and it won't change as long as mere humans run things. (And some would reasonably argue that the state shouldn't be in this business at all.) Even so, listing suicide as an option is just plain mean-spirited to put it mildly. "We can't afford to help you so one of my suggestions is that you might consider killing yourself."

My beliefs here? A patient, or their family, may choose to reject extreme treatments, taking only medication to end the pain, and die naturally but when you let the state push them over the edge you open things up to abuse.

8 Comments:

Blogger Dee said...

Unbelievable!! Can someone say slippery slope? And the problem is when someone is in that state of mind and doesn't have a family that can help them out they might be susceptible to it. Abusive would be the right word.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Gayle said...

I just wrote a post titled "Progressive Secularism is Killing Us". Dang Shoprat, your post proves that it really is literally killing us! I believe if a doctor suggested that to one of my loved ones I would go nuts!

12:35 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

It all has to do with money. It's cheaper for the State to assist in ending a life than trying to save it.

Yeah, I know - I'm cynical...

8:05 AM  
Anonymous Americaneocon said...

I see liberty issues, but there's so much room for abuse in elderly care, I'm basically opposed to assisted suicide, for exactly these reasons.

8:20 PM  
Blogger The Vegas Art Guy said...

I don't know where it will end, and that bothers me greatly.

10:33 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Don't forget that Oregon is that state where assisted suicide is LAWFUL as well.

BZ

8:09 PM  
Blogger benning said...

When you become an inconvenience to the Socialist State ...

Not a surprise at all, ES. Just sad.

9:42 AM  
Blogger BB-Idaho said...

"When you become an inconvenience to the Socialist State ..." or
your health insurance company!!

6:47 PM  

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