A Culture of Death

I read a disturbing news story a day or so ago courtesy of Vox Day’s blog.  Doctors in Belgium are using organs from patients who have been euthanized (I already have a problem with that part) as transplants organs for other patients.  According to the article from the UK Daily Mail mentions that around 1/4 of all lung transplants come from “donors” who were killed by doctors in the hospital as well.

Euthanasia has been legal in Belgium since 2002, so this isn’t an overnight slide.  It is apparent that the dreaded “slippery slope” isn’t a fallacy in this case.  Doctors in Belgium are far more casual about this whole thing than doctors in other countries who aren’t euthanizing patients:

Dr Peter Saunders, of Care Not Killing, an umbrella group of more than 50 British medical, disability and religious charities opposed to euthanasia, said he was shocked by the report.

‘I was amazed at how nonchalantly the issue was dealt with as if killing patients and then harvesting their organs was the most natural thing in the world,’ he said.

‘Given that half of all euthanasia cases in Belgium are involuntary it must be only a matter of time before the organs are taken from patients who are euthanised without their consent.
That last paragraph is almost more frightening than the original topic.  Involuntary euthanasia is politispeak for legalized murder.  Lest you think we are not that bad, I would remind you that millions of unborn babies are “involuntarily euthanized” every year by those who should be protecting them, their mothers.
We no longer consider life precious in modern society.  You can chalk it up to the undermining of the truth that we are created by God and the resulting conclusion that all life is precious.  That would be the place that I will pin the bulk of the blame.  What has resulted is a culture of death.  Ironically, much of it is possible because we are in many ways more disconnected from death than the generations that came before us.  This disconnect has made death seem less real in my opinion.  I am saddened to see what this has brought about in Belgium and sobered to think that it wouldn’t take very long for us to find our way to this same place in America.  There are already states in the US with a form of “assisted suicide” measures on the books.  We are on the slide; it is just a matter of how long it takes to reach the bottom.
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