Over 7,000 To Die of Euthanasia in 2018
Recently the left-wing Guardian newspaper alleged that Dutch euthanasia deaths are anticipated to rise 67 percent from just five years ago. The paper states the Levenseindekliniek, the only Dutch hospital specializing in euthanasia, expects to have to hire more than 100 new doctors to keep up with the death rate.
The rate of killing in the Netherlands has indeed increased at a frightening pace; the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition alleges a 289% increase in eleven years.
Which is no surprise. When something illegal is legalized, you get more of it, not less. Before Roe vs. Wade, in 1970, some abortions were actually legal in limited circumstances in the United States and at least 180,000 unborn were aborted.
“Thou shalt not kill.” – Exodus 20:13
The Catholic Church has long known that vice leads to more vice. In the 1100s St. Thomas Aquinas stated “taking innocent life was immoral at all times.” Centuries later, Saint Pope John Paul II tackled the matter head on in his 1995 encyclical, “Evangelium Vitae”, subtitled, “on the value and inviolability of human life.” He said in the document anything opposing life, including euthanasia, “poison[s] human society.” Thankfully, in the United States the American College of Physicians recently stated its total opposition to euthanasia or physician assisted suicide.
The Slippery Slope
Many euthanasia deaths are unsolicited or requested by those with unsound mind. Instead of waiting for patients to ask to drink the hemlock, doctors and caregivers in places like the Netherlands are now determining how to administer the hemlock on their own, even without the patient’s consent. This is illegal, but multiple sources cite Dutch statistics showing over 400 were killed without their consent in 2017 alone.
Witness the story from “Fatal Flaws”, a film to be released next year, where “Magreet” talks about how doctors euthanized her mother.
Taking Advantage of the Defenseless
Belgium also has “legal” euthanasia – let’s call a spade a spade and just call it “legalized” murder. And yes, there are abuses there, too. Children may be euthanized – how is a child ever to “ask” to be euthanized? Each person is made in the image and likeness of God, and no person has the right to end a life, his or her own, or somebody else’s.
Now the Alliance Defending Freedom has just filed an “application” with the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of Tom Mortier, son of a mentally ill Mrs. De Troyer. The group protests her death is in violation of the Convention on Human Rights, guaranteeing a right to life and right to family life, plus the case also involves a conflict of interest. Mrs. De Trover had not seen her treating physician for over 20 years, but had gone to one psychiatrist after another and finally, after donating 2500 Euros to one doctor’s organization, was finally able to get her death wish. Mr. Mortier discovered his mother died only when he was contacted by the morgue, asking how to deal with her remains. And by the way, she was in perfect physical health.
Pray for the Mentally Ill
Father Benedict Groeschel, C.F.R. of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, was a priest and psychologist. He also had a special dedication to St. Benedict Joseph Labre, patron saint of the mentally ill and homeless. Let us pray for the intercession of both, for those depressed persons either seeking to end their life, and for protection from those who might take action against them. With God, there is always hope.