MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH-YOUR LIFE -YOUR DEATH
You can't call this
[Daily Mail -Tuesday, 15th May-2007]
WHEN October - comes
will have become
If that is a shock to you, it came as a
surprise to me too.
Only when reading the report in
yesterday's Daily Mail did I realise that legislation - at present
passing through Parliament - is precisely a licence for families
TO KILL THEIR SICK RELATIONS
THE SLOW DEATH
THIRST and STARVATION
Astonishingly, this radical departure
from the existing state of the law is being brought in under the
'NEGATIVE RESOLUTION PROCEDURE'
This means that the measure will pass
into law automatically, and without any debate whatsoever, unless an MP
chooses to put a spanner in the works and demand such a DEBATE
Let us hope that there is at least one
backbencher in the
HOUSE OF COMMONS
who does bring this
-so that even if the deplorable new
measure is eventually carried, it has at least been discussed before
So, what does the new law. exactly
In October, hospital patients will be
handed forms which give them
-about what is called
It explains this phrase as follows:
'life-sustaining treatment means any
treatment that a doctor considers necessary to
SUSTAIN YOUR LIFE.....
Some treatments will be life-sustaining
but not in others; the important factor is if the treatment is
NEEDED TO KEEP YOU ALIVE.
In the forms which patients will sign,
they will then be given
I want to give my attorney to give or refuse consent to life-sustaining
treatment on my behalf.
[In plain language it gives that
attorney the power to end YOUR LIFE]
OPTION B -says
that the attorney should NOT BE GIVEN SUCH POWERS
[In plain language you do not wish
anyone to have the POWER OF DEATH over YOU]
Power of Attorney
-is the power which we give to others
usually to close family member to make decisions on our behalf
when we are too sick or frail to do so ourselves.
If we are guided by Case Law there is
already a precedent for what I am calling a new LAW.
[This legislation is reminiscent of
NAZI GERMANY in the 1930's when tens of thousands - the disabled -the
long term sick or even opponents of the regime or any one they
considered expendable. The only difference to day in England is that you
will be offered a form to make it legal. Though 70% in a recent poll
said they were CHRISTIAN whether practicing or not -the above measure is
Once an Assembly of law makers agrees
to such a measure it is only a matter of time before they will dispense
with the FORMS.]
TONY BLAND -suffered massive
brain damage as a result of the Hillsborough Stadium disaster in 1989.
He was in a vegetative state, unable to feel, to see to hear.
He was kept alive for four years on a
feeding tube, until his mother and stepfather won the right from the
HOUSE of LORDS
-to withdraw treatment - feeding in
this case being defined as a medical treatment.
Those of us who have profound
reservations on the new proposals about
would never try to underestimate
the agony of families who watch beside the bedside of patients in
vegetative states, or in great pain
-or in situations which all medical
opinion deem to be hopeless.
In such circumstances, mercifully very
rare, how could we possibly deny patients the right to allow the
intolerable tension to come to an end?
At the end of the tragedy of King Lear,
the Earl of Kent speaks for families in such agony -
'He hates him/That would upon the
rack of this tough world/Stretch him out longer'.
(Act 5-Scene 3)
When a patient is being kept alive
solely through feeding tubes, you might even be tempted to think that
with-drawing that artificial method of
'life sustaining treatment' is hardly
an act of positive killing.
-You might like to believe merely
helping nature to take its inevitable course. After all, if they had not
begun the process of artificial feeding in the first place the patient
would have surely died?
Before you sign such an option clause
yourself, however, or before you ask a sick relative to do so, you
should realise that you are
offering them a merciful release from
In fact, you are party to a document
refuses a sick patient
so much as a
SINGLE DROP OF WATER
-to assuage the torment into which
-will soon plunge THEM.
Death by such means is horrifying
-It specifically goes against every
duty and every instinct of the
-which is to give comfort and succour
to those who lie sick and unable to look after themselves.
[WHICH COULD BE YOU]
There would be far more dignity, and
far more kindness, in an outright mercy killing than in this cruel
Justice Minister Vera Baird
-is trying to sneak through
PARLIAMENT WITHOUT SO MUCH AS A
And no doubt some of the reason for the
law being brought into effect in such an underhand manner is precisely
because its supporters do intend, at a later date
TO LEGALISE MERCY KILLINGS.
'LOOK' they will
say, 'in the last few years there have been x number of cases in which
the sick have signed
-and they have died of
-where is the difference in principle
between that, and allowing a doctor to offer a lethal injection?
AND INDEED THEY WOULD BE RIGHT.
There is is no difference in principle,
which is precisely why we should be asking our MPs questions, and
insisting that this matter be given [a fair] hearing in
A society which allows euthanasia may
appear to be merciful, but is it in fact so?
How can it possibly know what passes
through the mind of a frail and elderly patient who feels under some
kind of pressure to sign OPTION A, even though he or she does
NOT WISH TO DIE OF THIRST?
Another grave objection to the new law
is that it does not allow for the possibility of changing your mind. If
you buy shares, or an insurance policy you have two weeks to change your
CANCEL THE CONTRACT
If you have been refused food or water
for two weeks, the likelihood is that you will be beyond being able to
CHANGE YOUR MIND.
Another overwhelming objection to the
law is that it would be used in cases which merely appear hopeless.
Extraordinary reversals take place in medicine and if
WE HAVE STARVED THE PATIENT TO DEATH
we have removed from them any chance of
a surprise recovery.
The deepest objection, however, is
A RELIGIOUS ONE
-religious in the broadest sense.None
of us know what life is, but when you look at the dead face of someone
you have loved, you know for certain that something palpable has
THEIR SOUL, THEIR PERSONALITY, THEIR
BEING HAS GONE.
Any society which holds this mystery
cheap ends up in trouble. We human beings are not just lumps of meat, to
be carted out of the way when we become a nuisance.
We are walking, breathing mysteries,
made in God's image and likeness.
Life is a gift.
It is one thing to realise when illness
is unendurable, and merciful doctors and nurses will ease the pain with
morphine or other drugs, even if this hastens the end.
It is quit another thing to ask a
doctor to kill for us, or to ask a nurse not to offer so much as a
DROP OF WATER
- to a patient in torment.
Hospitals are sad and often confused
places, and when we or our loved ones, are sick, we are often in a state
of mind which makes sensible decision-making
-It is an act of wickedness for the law
-under a patient's nose and ask him to
Of course the families who do so will
not think of themselves of committing a
LEGALISED ACT OF MURDER
THIS IS PRECISELY WHAT THEY WILL BE
That cannot be the mark of a
[Particularly in a country where 70% of
the people in a recent poll said they were
-though many may not be practicing they
acknowledge that the Christian Faith is part of their heritage -Their
Law-Custom and Constitution and part of their very country in its
landscape , in its buildings - in its habits and in its very soul , and
for many that is why they revere the country they live in and ultimately
end their days in the knowledge that a Christian society-from the cradle
to the grave gives meaning to the life and death of MANKIND.
There will be some who consider that it
is no business of religion to concern itself with the matter and they
have a right to their view but that is also the right of those they
criticise to have a contrary view and the matter of who has the
strongest case we leave as a matter for each individual to decide-but
the overriding concern is a balance which in many cases would take a
Soloman (See - 1Kings iii,5-15) to decide and we leave on
[Daily Mail-Saturday-May 19,2007]
MORE than two-thirds of GPs still
oppose the legislation of
-a survey revealed yesterday.
Even if they were allowed to do so,
fewer than half-
-would be prepared to help a
terminally-ill patient die.
However the survey, by GPs' magazine
Pulse, shows that many doctors had taken actions which may have hastened
a patient's death.
The survey of 309 GPs found that more
-had withheld treatment such as
antibiotics to a patient, knowing it could hasten death.
Four in five said that, whether
or not they had done so themselves, such a decision could be justified.
-had given pain-relieving drugs which
could hasten death, even if that was not intended.
--said that could be justified.
British Medical Association members
voted last year to oppose
and physician-assisted suicide,
overturning a previous decision to adopt a neutral position towards
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Ditch the EU
TREATY after IRISH REJECTION
[Daily Mail-Wednesday, June
MORE THAN HALF of voters believe Britain should
drop the controversial European Treaty in the wake of its
rejection in last week's
The poll comes as the Tories launch a last-ditch
bid in the
HOUSE of LORDS
today to delay the
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within the past few days
, calling on the
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