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Don’t Let America Become a Disposable Society

Posted by thelamp on December 21, 2006

Terri Schiavo has gone to be with the Lord, but David Gibbs believes her right to live out God’s plan for her life should still spark passion in the hearts of Christians across the country. Gibbs – the lawyer who represented Shiavo’s parents in the fight to prevent their daughter’s husband from ending her life – is continuing his mission of speaking up for disabled patients.

There is no life unworthy to live, but Gibbs, who is the lead attorney for the Christian Law Association, worries America will become a “disposable society.” He has plenty of reason to be concerned.

“Technology has advanced much more rapidly than society’s discussion of moral issues about the sacred life God created, which has resulted in a generation of Christians who are easily swayed by empathy rather than moral standards and biblical principles,” said Pastor Rod Parsley, founder and president of the Center for Moral Clarity.

There was a time when young physicians made the following pledge: “I will give no deadly medicine to anyone if asked, nor suggest any such counsel.” It’s part of the Hippocratic Oath.

Most American medical graduates no longer take the Hippocratic Oath, but a variety of other oaths, of which only 8 percent reject abortion and only 14 percent reject euthanasia. The trend represents less respect for the sanctity of life.

Consider this question: Who decided that individuals in a persistent vegetative state can be slowly dehydrated and starved to death? It wasn’t Congress. Nor was it the American Medical Association. It was decided by a 5-4 vote of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gibbs is urging Christians to have the courage to challenge that decision.
Since ancient times, society assigned the task of saving life to physicians. If killing people was required, that task was given to executioners. Now these opposite roles are being confused.

In Oregon, the law allows doctors to prescribe lethal doses of controlled substances like morphine to patients who request it and are “terminally” ill – that is, they are expected to die in six months. Killing anyone is against God’s will. Every six months of life have value.

Each year, there are 1.5 times as many suicides in the United States as there are homicides. Euthanasia and assisted suicide are not private acts. Rather, they involve one person facilitating the death of another. This is a matter of very public concern since it can lead to tremendous abuse, exploitation and erosion of care for the most vulnerable people among us.

Euthanasia and assisted suicide are not about giving rights to the person who dies. Instead, the real issue is about changing public policy so that doctors or others can directly and intentionally end another person’s life. Euthanasia and assisted suicide are not about the right to die. They are about the right to kill.

Earlier this year, the Sunday Times Magazine of London reported that Dignitas, a Swiss right-to-die organization, plans to create a chain of death centers “to end the lives of people with illnesses and mental conditions such as chronic depression.”

Bible believers must reject such inhumanity and restore medicine to its former healthy state of independent professionals dedicated to the well-being of individual patients.



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