Friday, December 03, 2004

Euthanasia

The recent story about babies and young children being euthanized in the Netherlands is very distressing, as noted here previously. These children are the canaries in the coalmine for the rest of us; their deaths warn of a nightmarish future. The "right to die" will become "the duty to die", in less time than we might imagine.

Hugh Hewitt has been on top of this from the start, much to his credit; he's also noted the ho-hum response from MSM and much of the blogosphere.

The problem, I think, is that it's very hard for someone who wants to remain "pro-choice" (and that counts most in the MSM and probably any libertarian-leaning bloggers) to maintain a consistent ethic here. If you approve of legal abortion, even for babies who are perhaps only a few weeks away from a due date, how can you be appalled by the euthanizing of infants just a few days or weeks past that due date, especially if they have the same kind of illness or defect for which they could have been legally aborted? As some are saying, it's simply "post-birth abortion".

Peter Singer has been advocating this for years, saying parents should have up to 28 days after a child is born to decide whether to let it live. Read this recent article; it's horrifying, but it's where we're headed if the Culture of Death has its way.

Will we listen to the warning from the Netherlands? Or is it already too late for us?

UPDATE: Through a chain of links, from Townhall.com to Michelle Malkin to Dawn Patrol, I found out who coined the term "post-birth abortion": Shock and Blog. At least, as far as I can tell.


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi M.E.

Thanks for the post with the link to Peter Singer. That is unbelieveable, and to think this is who is teaching our potential future leaders!

I sent the article to one of my leftist friends, and told him that this is the guy that is leading the left's train, and although some on the left may still be in the caboose they are nonetheless on the train.

I think you are right that many on the left are in a bit a a dilema because they support abortion, and therefore have a hard time criticizing Singer's position.

Nonetheless, I think they can easily blow him off saying that "he is way out there, and we don't advocate that..." The problem is, we aren't dealing with multiple, distinct issues here. We are dealing with killing people, and the only difference is when it happens.

That is why this is so scary: once you justify killing a baby in the womb at 3 weeks, it's "easy" to justify killing one at 4, because hey, what's < italics on > really < itlaics off > the difference?

The justification continuum goes on, and even though each step gets more horrific (to the last(?) step of killing babies for parts), the justification of each has a constant "difficulty index", since each step is only a "little bit", or "hardly" different from the last.

Thanks for the post. I hope people still read your blog now that the election is over.

Hey you people out there - < bold italic on > how about posting some more comments ??!! < bold italic off >

pmm

The Crusader said...

Great post, thanks! I wanted to use Peter Singer in my post "Culture of Death" on The Crusader, but couldn't find that article. Absolutely horrifying! But, Peter Singer is useful as a alarm clock to wake Christians and observant Jews up to how far down the highway to hell the West has gone.

I really feel like we are in a two-front war. Abroad, we have a continuation of the Islamic Jihad against Christ and the West. At home, we have a civil war against the Secular Humanists. Both are set on destroying not just Democracy, but the Creator who gave us "inalienable rights" in the first place.

Keep up the fight. America IS a Christian nationand it always has been. Let's take it back!

Jason said...

Actually, I don't think I can take credit for the phrase "post-birth abortion." Although I wasn't aware of it, a Google search shows that it existed before I started using it. I don't think it would be easy to track down the person who first used it, too. Thanks for the link nonetheless. I will try to return the favor.