Euthanasia Stalks the West

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Another comatose man is killed by so-called euthanasia, and we’re beginning to see an international effort to make killing the disabled the norm.

The latest victim of state-sponsored murder was a Polish man on Tuesday in Great Britain, referred to as Mr. Sławomir. Like others before him, Sławomir suffered brain damage after cardiac arrest. The hospital petitioned the court to disconnect basic life support. Similar to the Terri Schiavo case in 2005, Sławomir’s family was split.

There has been a slow-dripping of high-profile euthanasia cases since the 1970s.

Comatose Karen Ann Quinlan was taken off a ventilator in 1976 but continued to live nine more years on a feeding tube. Schiavo, in a semi-comatose state, was also on a feeding tube but was forced by the Florida high court to die by the withholding of food and water.

Alfie Evans, as Church militant reported, died in 2018 by intentional starvation and dehydration, forced by the court.

Charlie Gard, whose parents were not allowed by British courts to seek alternative treatment for their son’s mitochondrial disease, also died in 2018.  

And Vincent Lambert, in a vegetative state since a motorcycle accident in 2008, died in 2019 by intentional starvation.

With the exception of Quinlan, all these young patients had close family members pleading for their lives — but to no avail.

Catholic Church guidelines forbid any direct intentional killing of the elderly or disabled — either by active injection or passive withholding of ordinary care. Pope John Paul II, in 2004, made clear ordinary and obligatory means of care include food and water, even if by feeding tube, unless the body is shutting down and the patient can’t absorb it.

From womb to tomb, the Culture of Death has now encroached on both ends of life — and is spreading its dark tentacles.

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