Wednesday, August 16, 2006

The ‘RIGHT to die' or the 'DUTY to die'?

This week a popular BBC radio announcer said that she had entered into a suicide pact with friends she should become incapacitated by illness. But is doesn’t end there.

Jenni Murray, the presenter of BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour, a feminist and euthanasia advocate, said that she does not want to be “trapped” into caring for her mother who is ill with Parkinson’s disease.

This is the ugly truth about the ‘Right to Die’ movement. It’s not about mercy and compassion for the suffering. It’s ultimately about cost and inconvenience for the living.

I wonder how her mother feels about her comments?

The network weighed in with in with this gem:

"Jenni is angry that, having fought so hard to become liberated and independent, women are now being trapped into caring for dependent parents."
Is killing your dying mother instead of caring for her liberation? A friend once commented to me that liberation is really the freedom to do what is right. She was right. This looks like merely a different form of enslavement to me - enslavement to self.

Murray goes on to point out who stands in the way of all this ‘liberation.’

"...the law against assisted suicide is supported by a “religious minority” who hold to an outdated moral view that human life is inherently valuable and that children have a legitimate obligation to care for elderly parents."

She is absolutely right. If life is not 'inherently valuable' (sacred) then we are all fair game. Behold the danger of living in a society that no longer recognizes the existence of the Christian God, Jehovah. It can no longer, logically, respect the right to life He gives to each human being made in His image. We are 'ending the suffering' of late stage terminal patients today. We will be killing them for 'parts' tomorrow.

God help us.

What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? Luke 9:25