Abortion, Euthanasia, and the Sanctity of Human Life

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We all saw the horrible situation with the Philadelphia abortion doctor, Kermit Gosnell, and his arrest for post-birth abortions.  One thing that I am thankful for is that he was convicted, and now he is in prison.  However, I don’t hold him to a different standard than any other abortion doctor out there.  In fact, he hasn’t done anything worse by performing post-birth abortions.  I appreciate the way his situation was handled, but I worry that our culture is not going to give this same reaction in future instances.  The fact that we think abortion is perfectly okay is completely ridiculous.  It just goes to show that we have a major moral standard that is in drastic decline.

 

But to take this even further, euthanasia is becoming worse at who they think they can “kill off.”  This practice is legal in some countries, and it is becoming more popular.  There are areas in the world where teenagers who struggle with anxiety and depression are encouraged to commit suicide.  Euthanasia has gone from an organization who promotes assisted suicide for extremely ill or handicapped individuals to one that is perfectly fine with discarding a human life who has little to nothing wrong with them.  Again, this shows where our standard for human life is being held at.

 

The fact of the matter is that aborting babies, pre-birth or post-birth, and encouraging people to kill themselves is just plain stupid.  These organizations that promote abortion and assisted suicide are seeking two things.  Money and power.  Abortion has turned into a multi-billion dollar industry, where advertisements are being put out to encourage people to have sex so that they can get an abortion.  This act is selfish at best and sociopathic at worst.  Human life is viewed as trash, not treasure.  But why should human life be viewed as valuable?

 

If we were to live in a godless world, I would argue that there would be no moral standard at all for us to live by.  From a Marxist/Leninist point of view, abortion and suicide is perfectly fine.  In fact, murder of any kind is fine and it should happen if it makes other people happy.  However, I don’t think anyone can TRULY argue that it is okay from a Christian perspective.  If a good, moral God exists, then HE gets to set the standard for human life, not other people.  And I think this moral standard can be clearly seen, it is just currently being overlooked.  I fear for our future, as abortion can be taken further than post-birth.  Euthanasia can be taken further than killing off healthy, normal teenagers.  There is already an idea that is emerging of involuntary euthanasia, where they have the ability to control who gets to live and who gets to die, without the person’s say in the situation.  Though this isn’t legal anywhere, it has been talked about, and that is a scary thought.  If we are going to live in a society that does value human life, then we have to eliminate these practices from our culture.

 

 

“‘Cursed be anyone who takes a bribe to shed innocent blood.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

Deuteronomy 27:25

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2 thoughts on “Abortion, Euthanasia, and the Sanctity of Human Life

  1. Interesting post!

    You make it seem like euthanasia is some kind of sinister cult hellbent on destroying the world as we know it. You mention “they” and euthanasia as an “organization.” Who are you referring to specifically though? Moreover, I think you fail to make the distinction between euthanasia and physician assisted suicide. In the academic literature, there are differences to be noted. There is euthanasia and physician assisted suicide. With each of these categories there are voluntary and involuntary forms.

    Voluntary physician assisted suicide occurs when a patient explicitly requests to have his or her life ended. Physician assisted suicide occurs in cases in which the patient is the source of his or her ultimate demise; the patient is given the lethal dose of medication by the physician but must carry out the act himself or herself. Involuntary physician assisted suicide occurs when a patient does not explicitly request to have his or her life ended but the physician provides the means to do so regardless.

    Voluntary euthanasia occurs when a patient explicitly requests to have his or her life ended but does not want to carry out the action himself or herself. As a result, the patient relies on the assistance of the physician or nurse to complete the procedure. Involuntary euthanasia occurs when a patient does not explicitly request to have his or her life ended but the physician carries out the action regardless. This latter form violates the patient’s right to autonomy whereas the former does not.

    As a result of these distinctions, we can now see that you are condemning yourself morally or, at the very least, not living consistently. Implicitly, you’re arguing that life is inherently valuable and that it should be cherished and enjoyed by all. However, you’re ignoring the amount of suffering that others are going through, suffering that, perhaps, you have no experience with whatsoever. In essence, you’re arguing for a kind of existential rape in which people are not allowed to exercise existential freedom over their own bodies. In that regard, how are you any different from the physicians who commit involuntary euthanasia?

    • Thank you for taking interest and commenting!

      I do understand the difference between involuntary and voluntary assisted suicide, however my main issue is with the involuntary. We are starting to see this happening in countries like Belgium, and I think it will continue to spread.

      Secondly I want to say that you are absolutely right about my level of suffering. I haven’t even come close to experiencing some of the pain that others have felt. However, I do think that if someone was suffering from anxiety or depression and they just wanted to opt out right there, I feel as if that should be stopped. There have been many cases of people with issues such as full body paralysis, who have wanted assisted suicide. After much help and therapy, they have been able to come out on top and enjoy a full life. They may not have the same goals and opportunities as others, but they are different in that respect.

      I get the vibe that you think that we have the right to place a value on our own lives (correct me if I’m wrong.). That’s fine, I think you and I are both looking out for the greater good of all people. We’re just coming at it from two different angles. I am a Christian (not sure of your religious views) and I believe God has set a standard for the value of human life. I don’t think all of euthanasia is an evil, corrupt organization, but I do question some of the motives behind it.

      Thanks for commenting, and feel free to reply any time!

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