Thursday, March 27, 2014

Respect for life - not so much

Wesley Smith ties things together nicely in his article The Next Logical Step.

As he says, we should not be surprised when aborted fetuses are burned in UK hospitals for fuel. Just as the media turned a blind eye to the Kermit Gosnell trial and also to the details of Dr. Jack Kevorkian's life, this is a non-story.
 To put it bluntly, legalizing abortion at will transformed fetuses in the minds of at least half the population into a killable caste—akin to a tumor or a vial of tainted blood—that can be destroyed at will (except in the latest stage of pregnancy, and in the USA, often even then).
 Such thinking can have terrible consequences. History shows that once we redefine any category of human beings into something less, their health, wellbeing, and even their very lives often become jeopardized.  

 We see the same pattern developing at the other end of life. The terminally ill, seriously disabled, and mentally distraught are being transformed before our very eyes into another killable caste.

For example, the late Jack Kevorkian received very friendly media coverage during his assisted suicide/euthanasia rampage, which saw at least 130 lives ended. Like Gosnell, Kevorkian was a veritable ghoul who told the world in his book, Prescription Medicide, that his goal in assisting suicides was not so much alleviating suffering, but rather, using his campaign as a means to be able to experiment on the bodies of people being euthanized—a process he proposed calling "obitiatry."

But you wouldn't know that relying on mainstream media reports. Kevorkian's obitiatry obsession was rarely, if ever, mentioned. Similarly, when he ripped out the kidneys of one of his assisted suicide victims—Joseph Tushkowski, an ex-policeman paralyzed by a gunshot wound—and called a press conference offering the organs for transplant, "first come, first served." But by then, the media was so invested in Kevorkian as a compassionate social rebel that
the story made little splash and was soon forgotten.

Why would Kevorkian think it okay to help kill a disabled man and then take his organs? He was seriously disabled and wanted to die, which for Kevorkian, made him part of a killable caste. At that point, why not get some utilitarian use out of the man's remains?


But we should never again be surprised. As we have seen historically—slavery, the Holocaust--once we create killable castes of people, making utilitarian use of them becomes an easy, and indeed, logical, next step. Those with eyes to see, let them see.



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