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-Euthanasia: "Licensing People to Put Others Down"

by Dr. D ~ September 25th, 2008

image Many in our culture have become accustom to ‘putting down’ pets when they are in constant pain, disability, or have a diminished quality of life. UK’s Baroness Mary Warnock, a specialist in British medical ethics, suggests that we do the same for people. I found this on Dr. Albert Mohler’s Blog.

Ms. Warnock contends that if one is aged and suffering from dementia or particularly Alzheimer’s, it would be best for everyone concerned including the country if you were put down:

"If you’re demented, you’re wasting people’s lives – your family’s lives – and you’re wasting the resources of the National Health Service."

The Baroness contends for a future when everyone will assign someone to be their advocate for elimination if incapacitated:

"If you’ve an advance directive, appointing someone else to act on your behalf, if you become incapacitated, then I think there is a hope that your advocate may say that you would not wish to live in this condition so please try to help her die.

"I think that’s the way the future will go, putting it rather brutally, you’d be licensing people to put others down."

Response: This of course is not the kind of future that Christians hope for—a future where the sanctity and dignity of human life is maintained. This really does demonstrate the cultural and ethical conflict between people of faith with a Christian/Biblical world view who stand up for the rights and dignity of all humanity defined by a creator; and a secular view which identifies human beings as no more accidental organisms which evolved in a purposeless universe.

The ethical differences and consequences of these different views are profound. A secular view sees no real ethical difference between ‘putting down’ organisms called ‘pets’ and others called ‘humans’. It is all a matter cost and benefit analysis.

A ‘brave new world’ is ahead of us if this goes unchallenged.            *Top

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