The Culture of Death Marches On

As the pro-abortion fanatics attempt to use the murder of Tiller to label the Culture of Life “terrorist”, it is good to remind one and all what we’re fighting against – its not just abortion, but the whole Culture of Death:

Lionel Roosemont told his story at the Second International Symposium on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, held May 29-30…

…Roosemont says he came face-to-face with the euthanasia culture in Belgium upon learning that his unborn daughter Tikvah, now 13 years old, would suffer severe disabilities related to hydrocephalus. Encouraged to abort Tikvah, Roosemont says he and his wife Renate decided to “swim against the current,” and gave birth to their daughter.

Despite lacking most of her brain, the girl proved capable of movement, sight, and hearing, contrary to her doctors’ dire forecasts. Though harrowed by the fight to preserve Tikvah’s life from ending in abortion, said Roosemont, “it was some of the training we needed to [fight] the equally horrible monster called euthanasia.”

In 2002, Belgium passed a law allowing euthanasia as requested by a patient under “constant and unbearable physical or psychological pain” who has issued written consent. A third doctor’s opinion must be sought if the illness is not terminal, and a one-month waiting period is mandatory for patients suffering from depression.

Roosemont described the prejudice Tikvah received in a society that, he says, “changed dramatically since [the] euthanasia law was adopted.”

“Life is more and more losing its value,” said Roosemont. “Can you understand why our daughter is never left alone in a hospital?”

In an interview with LifeSiteNews.com, Roosemont insisted that the actual practice of euthanasia in Belgium disregards the “safeguards” attached to the law. “We have a huge problem with lawlessness,” he said. Roosemont claimed that the law is commonly transgressed “without there being any consequences.”…

…”The problem with us is that it’s almost become a law [to disregard the safeguards],” said Roosemont.

In his speech to the conference, Roosemont showed a video interview of one of his elder daughters describing an encounter with a teacher concerning Tikvah. Upon seeing Tikvah for the first time, the teacher said that she ought to be euthanized.

“The actual words: ‘She’s just a euthanasia child,'” Roosemont told LSN. He said he has heard the sentiment twice.

While the loose application of euthanasia restrictions is widely known among Belgians, said Roosemont, the true depth of abuse is little understood. One such abuse he claimed occurs routinely is the administration of lethal drugs at one Belgian hospital to elderly, seriously ill patients – known as the “weekend cleanup” – as described to him by a nurse who worked there.

“It is logical,” he said. “It is very logical. We live in the time of instant coffee. What that means is that nobody wants to suffer.” Most of the time, he said, elderly victims of euthanasia are not themselves suffering from great pain, but are killed at the request of family burdened with their care.

Death never takes a holiday – and once you sign on to the concept that human life is not inherently valuable regardless of its condition, you’ll eventually have a “weekend cleanup”. Or does anyone out there want to assert that if we get socialized medicine that pressure won’t be applied to ensure that end-of-life costs are kept down? Take care of the geezer for six more months, or just off her this afternoon with an overdose…and have a doctor sign the death certificate and no one will ever be the wiser…

Abortion, euthanasia, assisted suicide, infanticide – we’re doing all of these things, and there are those among us who are asserting that they are morally equally to someone devotedly caring for the suffering. Dr. Kevorkian and Mother Theresa are just doing it different ways, and Mother’s way is actually not the best: so goes our modern, liberal thinking.