Carol Platt Liebau: A Frightening and Ugly UK Precedent

Thursday, July 28, 2005

A Frightening and Ugly UK Precedent

In a decision remniscent of the grisly Groningren Protocols, the high court of the UK has ruled that terminally ill patients can be deprived of food and water -- even against their will.

How ironic -- and how sad -- that a society that will do so much, so bravely to save those injured by terrorist attack is simultaneously so willing to hasten the deaths of the most vulnerable living among them.


Blogger Saganashkee said...

It used to be, in Britain, that if you were caught and convicted of the crime of taking the life of another, unlawfully, the day would surely come when you would be marched out into the prison yard, marched up several steps, a stout rope would be put around your neck, and at the proper moment, the floor would drop out from under you and you would hang until you were dead.

That is no longer the case in Britain. You cannot be executed for taking the life of another. Oh, there may be some extreme exceptions, I suppose, and a death sentence may still await the individual convicted of high treason, but for all practical purposes you can show just about any wanton disregard for human life including ending the life of another without concern that you would be visited by the executioner.

Unless you are law biding and terminally ill, that is. A 3 judge high court panel has just made getting sick a potentially capital crime against the state, or more properly, against the budget of the National Health Service. This dastardly crime is so serious a blow to the state, that the doctors of the National Health Service can deprive you of food and water. Yes, you are supposed to be fatally ill, and depriving you of food and water not only cuts costs, it is merciful in that it shortens the time that you suffer and the time that you are a drain on the state.

The high court in Canada, another country with socialized medicine, has just declared the Canadian national health service to be a crime against humanity. In Britain the courts have made continuing to live, if you are considered fatally ill, a crime against humanity punishable by starvation and dehydration.

It can happen here. Terry Schiavo, remember? Oh, yeah, she had been unresponsive for a lot of years so it was ok in that case. She was costing money. She was inconvenient. Killing Terry only made sense. And if we continue to appoint judges to the bench who want to legislate social policy from the bench, the murder of inconvenient people will only become more commonplace, and familiar, and routine, and ho-hum.

It will get to the point that there is really no point to being born. Oh yeah, I forgot. We already have that covered.

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