Thursday, December 15, 2005

The "Right" To Die

By 2006, over eighty countries (including Mexico and France) will have outlawed the death penalty. Why? Because, to quote Kajikistani President Emomali Rahmonov: "the right to life is natural, and nobody has the right to deprive any other person of this right." Supposedly, the world is becoming more "civilized."

But in reality, the world is re-accepting a dark, murderous act called euthanasia. Euthanasia was first practiced by the ancient Romans and Greeks. It was carried out through the medieval ages, and used extensively by Nazi leader, Adolph Hitler.

What is Euthanasia?

Euthanasia, the practice of mercifully ending a person’s life in order to release the person from an incurable disease, intolerable suffering, or undignified death. The word euthanasia derives from the Greek for “good death” and originally referred to intentional mercy killing. When medical advances made prolonging the lives of dying or comatose patients possible, the term euthanasia was also applied to a lack of action to prevent death.Active euthanasia involves painlessly putting individuals to death for merciful reasons, as when a doctor administers a lethal dose of medication to a patient. Passive euthanasia involves not doing something to prevent death, as when doctors refrain from using an artificial respirator to keep alive a terminally ill patient. -MSN Encarta

In other words, men ( the doctors performing euthanasia) decide whether a person is "fit to live" or not. Medical doctors decide whether hospital patients live or die. If patients aren't fit, then the doctors (from some countries) will perform a "mercy killing."

What does the Bible Say about Euthanasia?

Here is a case of "mercy killing" from 2 Samuel 1:

Verses 6-10: ...As I happened by chance upon mount Gilboa, behold, Saul, leaned upon hi spear; and, lo, the chariots and horsemen followed hard after him. And when he looked behind him, he saw me, and called unto me. And I answered, Here am I. And he said unto me, Who art thou? And I answered him, I am an Amalekite. He said unto me again, Stand, I pray thee, upon me, and slay me: for anguish is come upon me, because my life is yet whole in me. So I stood upon him, and slew him, because I was sure that he could not live after that he was fallen: and I took the crown that was upon his head, and the bracelet that was on his arm, and have brought them hither unto my lord.

So the young Amalekite, saw Saul, almost dead, beyond any medical help, and in terrible pain. Saul asked the young Amalekite to kill him. ( These are the very excuses doctors are now using for their acts of euthanasia) The young Amalekite performed a "mercy killing" on Saul.

Was this the right thing to do? No!

Verses 11-16: Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them: and likewise all the men that were with him: And they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the Lord, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword. And David said unto the young man that told him, Whence art thou? And he answered, I am the son of a stranger, an Amalekite. And David said unto him, How wast thou not afraid to stretch forth thine hand to destroy the Lord's annointed? And David called one of the young men, and said, Go near, and fall upon him. And he smote him that he died. And David said unto him, Thy blood be upon thy head; for thy mouth hath testified against thee saying, I have slain the Lord's annointed.

David saw that this young Amalekite was a murderer. He saw that the young man had murdered Saul. And because of his crime, the young Amalekite was put to death.

Earlier Saul had asked his armourbearer to kill him and put him out of his pain.

1 Samuel 31:4- Then said Saul unto his armourbearer, Draw thy sword, and thrust me through therewith; lest these uncircumcised come and thrust me through, and abuse me. But his armourbearer would not; for he was sore afraid...

In this instance, Saul was afraid of dying an undignified death ( another "reason" for euthanasia today). But Saul's armourbearer was afraid of taking the life of Saul. He knew it was God's job only to take the life of a man, which is why he refused.

Euthanasia is murder. Plain and simple. When a doctor finds a baby he deems "unfit to live" he then administers a poison to kill the child! Euthanasia is the taking of a human life, it is murder.

With the exceptions of self-defense ( Exodus 22:2), war ( Numbers 10 :9), and capital punishment by authorities (Genesis 9:6) the killing of another human being is wrong.

"Thou shalt not kill." -Exodus 20:13

It is not man's job to take away the lives of people who aren't "fit to live"! Only God has the right to take away a life.

God is the giver of life ( Genesis 2:7), the perserver of life (Acts 17:28), and the taker away of life.

The Lord says: " .......I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand." -Deuteronomy 32:39

Our lives belong to God, not to any man.

Euthanasia Today

March 31, 2005: Florida- Terri Schiavo, a 41-year old woman, died after her feeding tube had been removed for over two weeks. Mrs. Schiavo had extensive brain damage, but was still able to move her head and eyes and smile at her family. Her husband, Michael Schiavo had ordered the feeding tube because his wife would not want to live under these conditions.

The feeding tube is very small and inexpensive, and Terri Schiavo did not take up much room in that hospital. There was no reason for the feeding tube to be removed. Her husband is a evil person who wanted her dead. Michael Schiavo committed murder and got away with it. This happened in our own country.
Read more about the Schiavo case here.

ACLU applauds Judge Greer on his decision to let doctors remove Terri's feeding tube.

December 4, 2005: Amsterdam, Holland- Baby Chanou at Groningen University Hospital was given a lethal dose of morphine and died. She (Chanou) had a terminal digestive disorder. Her parents gave the ok for her death after they deemed the infant unfit to live. "I'm convinced that if we meet again somewhere in heaven," her father said, "she'll tell us we reached the most perfect solution." Read more here.

Baby Chanou

Unfortunately, there are many more cases, but I won't cover them all here.

What countries have legalized euthanasia?

Netherlands: In 2002, the government legalized assisted suicide and euthanasia (the doctor administers a fatal injection of drugs). The law is not limited to adults, nor does an applicant for euthanasia have to be terminally ill. The main basis for a request is unbearable suffering, regardless of life expectancy.

Switzerland: Article 115 of the Swiss Penal Code exempts people who assist in a suicide for honorable motives, such as to help bring an end to suffering. Switzerland also allows voluntary organizations to help people, including foreigners, end their lives.

Belgium: The Belgian Act on Euthanasia, passed in 2002, defines euthanasia as "intentionally terminating life by someone other than the person concerned at the latter's request." Requirements include that the patient should have attained the age of majority, that the request be "voluntary, well-considered and repeated" and the patient be "in a futile medical condition.

Britain: A bill was introduced last month in the House of Lords that would allow a competent and terminally ill person who has reached the age of majority and is suffering unbearably to request either assisted suicide or voluntary euthanasia.

India: The Indian Society of Critical Care Medicine has now proposed guidelines for limitation of life-support treatment to dying patients. The guidelines specify conditions under which treatment for terminal patients may be withheld or withdrawn through a transparent and documented process.

Israel: A government bill - six years in the making - that will allow the terminally ill to die in dignity without being forced to be kept alive by artificial means was passed on its third and final reading by the Knesset plenum on Tuesday in a 22 to three vote, with one abstention.

France: According to the AP, the French may be the worst offenders, with a whopping 73% of all physicians surveyed have euthanized at least one infant with drug overdoses, the preferred method.

Countries trying to pass bills to legalize euthanasia:

Canada: The Criminal Code of Canada outlaws suicide assistance, with penalties of up to 14 years in prison – but opponents have recently challenged the law's constitutionality in court.

Luxembourg: Legislation that would have permitted euthanasia was lost by a single vote in March 2003.

England: England, where legislation that would legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill was introduced into parliament in September 2004. Fortunately, that bill was voted down, but is sure to be introduced again later.

And these laws are put into effect, in the Netherlands, 15 to 20 infants are deemed "unfit to live" and are killed each year! Doctors are also euthanizing infants with spina bifida, a birth defect, that CAN be repaired! There are also reported cases throughout Europe of doctors euthanizing infants without the parents' consent! And France with 73% of their doctors euthanizing infants!

Euthanasia Laws in America

In 1994, California Bar approved physician assisted suicide stating that a doctor has the right to give a patient a lethal medication with which the patient commits suicide.

In 1998, sixteen people die through Oregon's Death With Dignity Act, physician-assisted suicide. Twenty-six people die the next year.

In California, Oregon, and parts of Michigan and New York, euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide is practiced.

As a side note, last year's Academy Award's Best Picture of the Year was Million Dollar Baby, a movie promoting and glorifying the idea of euthanasia. Read about the film here.

In conclusion, I apologize for this tremendous post. I wanted to show all my readers the evils of euthanasia and it's growth throughout the world. Euthanasia is murder, and many countries of the world are trying to make this type of murder, legal. Even some liberals in our country are trying to make forms of euthanasia legal. Hopefully, these liberals will be defeated, and euthanasia will remain mostly illegal in America.


  • Euthanasia is a terrible thing. I always think of Jonah when it comes to mercy killing:-Jonah 4:3-4
    "Now, O LORD, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live. But the LORD replied, "Have you any right to be angry?"

    And, 4:9-11
    "But God said to Jonah, "Do you have a right to be angry about the vine?" "I do," he said. "I am angry enough to die."
    But the LORD said, "You have been concerned about this vine, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city?"

    I don't know how doctors can look at a tiny little baby and say that it's unfit to live. It also reminds me of my Great Grandfather, he died about a month ago (he was 93)and he had written down somewhere that if he was dying, nobody was allowed to sustain his life. I admire that because he knew that when it was his time to go, the Lord would take him and He did.

    By Blogger Kaitlin, at 2:43 PM  

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    By Blogger Lindsey, at 4:04 PM  

  • That is incredibly sad. Thank you for posting this, to let us all know just how bad things are. I had no idea all those countries were doing this. I absolutely cannot believe that the parents of that little baby would kill her just because she had a terminal disease! Euthenasia is simply sophisticated murder, tantamount to chopping the baby's head off with a sword. It sounds more brutal, but the result is exaclty the same. Again, thank you for this thought-provoking post. You are absolutely, 100% right!

    By Blogger Lindsey, at 4:07 PM  

  • You're welcome!

    By Blogger MVB, at 4:40 PM  

  • this is so sad....and the really sad thing is we have to dabate on this in school and i have to pretend i am for it!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:55 PM  

  • I think it is certainly wrong to euthanise a person. But I also think it is wrong how peoples' lives are made to go on for so long with things like artificial hearts and so forth. I can understand wanting to keep a family memeber alive, but for myself, I want to die naturally.

    By Blogger Polka Dotted Pickles, at 4:22 PM  

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    By Blogger christopherammons9626, at 8:38 AM  

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