We live in a strange world where nothing is as it should be. To be a Christian, a patriot, a gun owner or a returning Veteran automatically makes one a racist, homophobic, and/or a potential terrorist. The deliberate murder of an innocent unborn child is now considered contraception. A doctor prescribing a lethal overdose of drugs has become not murder but death with dignity. Murder, euthanasia and assisted suicide are becoming the norm, not the exception.
Doctors who refused to participate in ending human life, whether it be abortion, euthanasia or assisted suicide were once permitted to practice Primum Non Nocere, Latin for ‘first do no harm,’ a guiding principle for physicians that, whatever the intervention or procedure, the patient’s well-being was the primary consideration. But that right of medical conscience is fast coming to an end as laws are being passed that threaten doctors and other medical personnel who refuse to participate with medical martyrdom – do the deadly deed or don’t practice medicine.
A decent society should not and would not force any medical personnel to participate in ending life but the culture of death brooks no dissent. In 2011, the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, NJ tried to force day surgical nurses to participate in abortions. The nurses sued and eventually reached a settlement that saved their jobs.
Victoria, Australia already legally requires doctors to participate in abortion upon request or refer their patients to a doctor who will murder the child. The Dutch Medical Association (KNMG) issued an ethics opinion in support of a kill-or-refer-to-a-doctor-willing-to-kill policy. Quebec’s new euthanasia legislation would similarly force doctor complicity and if the culture of death has its way, Canada’s Supreme Court will soon find a “right” to be euthanized out of the country’s Charter of Rights.
Provincial medical associations in Canada are lining up against permitting doctors a moral or religious conscience right to opt out of killing. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario issued a revised policy that sets out doctor’s legal obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the College’s expectation that requires doctors who refuse to perform euthanasia due to personal values and beliefs must refer their patients to doctors who have no problem with murder.
World famous atheist proselytizer, Oxford Professor, Richard Dawkins, made headlines when he called it “immoral” not to “abort” down babies “and try again”. Belgium has legalized euthanasia, with no age limits for children who have been diagnosed as terminal and with death expected to occur “within a brief period.” The head of Canada’s largest doctors’ group has called child euthanasia an “appropriate” choice under certain circumstances. Northern Ireland Minister of Justice, David Ford, is considering a change in the law so that it is legal to kill pre-born babies suspected of being disabled.
Peter Singer, professor of Bioethics at Princeton University, believes we should be permitted to lethally inject Alzheimer’s “non-persons”, even if they never asked to be killed. In 2012, a prominent doctor in the UK made the chilling claim that publicly funded healthcare systems in the UK, and what most likely Obamacare will look like for us here in the US, “kills off 130,000 elderly patients every year.”
In a March 2008, New York Times article titled, “Terminal Options for the Irreversibly Ill”, Judith Schwarz, a registered nurse and clinical coordinator for Compassion & Choices of New York, formerly the Hemlock Society, openly stated that over one-million people die each year in American hospitals as, “a consequence of someone’s decision to withhold or withdraw life-sustaining treatment.”
Dr. Sidney Wanzer and Dr. Joseph Glenmullen of Harvard University Health Services, noted that in situations where a person is going to stop receiving food and water, “refusal of hydration” is a much faster method than starvation “in hastening death.”
“When a culture replaces the value of everlasting life, with the value of this life extended as far as possible, the culture has become totally myopic, unable to see beyond the immediate, the tangible, the empirical. And oddly enough when the lie that ‘this life is all there is’ is believed, it makes it much easier to allow death to rule one’s mind, one’s fears, one’s behavior. Death simply becomes the price of doing business, or surviving. A culture becomes fear based and makes decisions on the basis of fear, rather than faith and a belief in the life to come.” Ben Witherington, America’s Culture of Death