Wednesday, December 9, 2009

When It's Legal, It's Accepted

Most pro-life people will admit that the subject of abortion is not one that is easily talked about by anyone other than themselves. In fact, in our country of Canada, abortion is almost "taboo".

Not so the topic of euthanasia .... yet. It is still alright to bring up the subject of euthanasia and assisted suicide without fearing recriminations from anyone. Certainly not outright opposition. But that may change. In fact, one man says that it will.

Lionel Roosemont is a Belgian whose wife was expecting a child who had hydrocephalus. They were encouraged to abort Tikvah, who is now 13 years old. Contrary to medical forecasts, Tikvah has proved capable of movement, sight and hearing. The Roosemonts' decision to have Tikvah was a battle against the medical establishment and that battle continues to this day.

Belgium is a country in which euthanasia has been legalized since 2002 if requested by the patient who is suffering constant and/or unbearable pain. Depression falls into that category. And one doctor has euthanasized several patients against the law and has been acquitted, proving that breaking the law has no consequences in Belgium.

At one hospital, the administration has administered lethal drugs to elderly patients in a "weekend cleanup" campaign. And the reaction of the general public? indifference for the most part.

At the moment, the subject of abortion is taboo in our country. And that is because it is legal and therefore accepted. No one wants to disturb the status quo. Once euthanasia goes down the same legal path as abortion, it too will become a taboo subject.

As Roosemont says:
"The subject is taboo in Belgium. Main reason: the law has been voted [upon]. So many people have become accomplices of killing, or helping, at least approving, so you don't talk about that - and the moment someone starts talking about that, most people start to protect themselves."

As for their daughter Tikvah, "Life is more and more losing its value," said Roosemont. "Can you understand why our daughter is never left alone in a hospital?"

So this explains why pastors might be much more willing to discuss euthanasia from the pulpit than abortion; but given time, we can expect silence on that too.

For further reading
"The Weekend Cleanup": The Gruesome Aftermath of Legalized Euthanasia in Belgium

1 comment:

Colleen said...

That is scary. Lord save us.