Assisted suicide: murder by another name

Assisted suicide: murder by another name

Assisted suicide is simply state-sanctioned murder. At first it’s optional.

Late last year, Californian Brittany Maynard made national news as a result of her desire to end her life rather than living out a painful terminal illness. She died on November 1, 2014 in Oregon, where assisted suicide is legal. The Colorado-based group ‘Compassion & Choices’ helped with Maynard’s end-of-life plan.

Maynard has since become the face of the assisted suicide movement in the U.S. That movement went to California last Wednesday as two Democratic state senators proposed a “right-to-die” bill in the state legislature.

Two Democrats in Colorado are working on the same thing.

Rep. Joann Ginal, (D-Fort Collins), began working on the bill with Rep. Lois Court, (D-Denver) in mid-November. The bill has not yet been introduced in the state house. The bill would legalize physician-assisted suicide in Colorado.

Rep. Ginal has a PhD from Colorado State University in endocrinology; while she is often referred to as Dr. Ginal, she is not a physician. She was first elected to the state house in 2012. Rep. Court is entering her fourth and final term. Both women vote at the extreme left of the Democrat party.

Assisted suicide is simply state-sanctioned murder.

Advocates of a “right-to-die” surely have a hidden agenda. Death is the end of life on earth for every human: how does one need a state-sponsored right to the inevitable? The issue is really whether a person has a right to kill themselves. That’s suicide. If a person is serious about killing themselves, it really can’t be prevented. The real issue is for people like Brittany Maynard who want to die but don’t want to do it themselves.

Democrats are telling us with these bills that the state ought to make the moral determination that suicide is all right and that someone—generally a physician—ought to be able to do it without consequence. The career of Dr. Jack Kevorkian comes immediately to mind.

At first it’s optional.

The first physician-assisted suicide program occurred in Germany in the 1930s. Called the T-4 euthanasia program, it began with the elderly and infirm. By August 1939, every doctor and midwife in Germany was required to register any child born with defects—the list to be retroactive to 1936. As the war began in 1940 the euthanasia program was ramped up, with the excuse that hospital beds were needed for wounded soldiers. In addition to the elderly, five thousand small children were killed.

People were killed via lethal injection at euthanasia centers, then cremated. The head of this program was Dr. Karl Brandt, Adolf Hitler’s personal physician. These were the regime’s first experiments in mass murder. Methods perfected at the euthanasia centers were transferred to concentration camps.

It can’t happen here? The PPACA (“Obamacare”) already contains provisions for end-of-life counseling and health care rationing.

We’re all implicated.

Under our Constitution, the people are sovereign. If state-sanctioned murder is allowed to happen in our country, then we are all implicated.

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German theologian, killed on Hitler’s orders, April 9, 1945.

UPDATE: February 7, 2015. Ginal and Court's ill-considered Colorado bill was killed in committee late last night with a bipartisan vote.