Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Culture of Death Is Promoted by Court Rulings on Assisted Suicide

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Culture of Death Is Promoted by Court Rulings on Assisted Suicide

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A jury in Michigan has acquitted Jack Kevorkian of violating a state law banning assisted suicide. Kevorkian's defense was that he did not intend to kill the two persons he was accused of helping to kill but wanted to alleviate their suffering.

A related case occurred recently in San Francisco. In an 8-3 decision, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals discovered a "right to die" in the Constitution and struck down a Washington state law banning doctor-assisted suicide.

What do these two cases have in common, and what alarms should they be setting off?

The culture of death, having been successfully imposed on the innocent unborn, is now being slowly but steadily advanced against the sick and the aged. Recall that one argument in favor of abortion was that some pre-teen girls were being made pregnant by stepfathers and uncles. The law prohibiting abortion in most states, therefore, needed to be modified to assist these young victims.

Tragically, once a fundamental principle is violated, the door can be quickly opened to unanticipated atrocities, such as abortion on demand. Yesterday's unthinkable quickly becomes today's thinkable.

To make the abortion-on-demand pill easier to swallow, the language was changed to "choice" and "product of conception." The identical strategy is being employed at the other end of life's spectrum. Kevorkian declared he never wants his patients to die and said their deaths were an "unfortunate, repugnant, unavoidable" consequence of relieving their suffering.

Given the medical certainty that inhaling carbon monoxide is not a life-affirming activity, Kevorkian is being disingenuous at best.

The interconnectedness of the life and death issues now in the courts was acknowledged by Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the 9th Circuit. Writing for the majority in the euphemistically named Compassion in Dying vs. Washington, Reinhardt equated the choice of suicide to the choice of abortion, noting that each involves "the most intimate and personal choices a person may make in a lifetime."

Does anyone see where this is leading? If a constitutional "right" to die is upheld, then how long will it be before the state (or one's heirs) decides to mandate death? …

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