Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Not Worth Saving

Imagine if you collapsed in your house while having a heart attack. You call 911 and the ambulance gets there to find you passed out. When the paramedics come inside they notice you haven't cleaned in a while because you haven't been feeling well. Because the house is a mess and because your heart just stopped the medics decide not to resucitate you, because you "aren't worth saving".

This really happened in Britain and it was all being recorded, because the phone was never hung up.

We do not have the right to determine what lives are worth saving and which are not. When we get into the business of making those kinds of decisions based on utilitarianism or bioethics, we act as evil beasts, not as free human agents. Human life is human life from conception until natural death. When we take that from someone, we take the most fundamental right of all - we play god - and others die because of it.

I hope these men repent of their sin and realize what they have done. Pray for them.
Tip o' the Hat to

John Paul II understood that human suffering does not make someone less worthy of life. In 1982, he warned Britain of the consequences of utilitarianism and treating the sick, dying, suffering, elderly, babies and other vulnerable humans as objects. It is prophetic. Emphasis is mine:

7. I support with all my heart those who recognize and defend the law of God which governs human life. We must never forget that every person, from the moment of conception to the last breath, is a unique child of God and has a right to life. This right should be defended by the attentive care of the medical and nursing professions and by the protection of the law. Every human life is willed by our heavenly Father and is a part of his loving plan.

No State has the right to contradict moral values which are rooted in the nature of man himself. These values are the precious heritage of civilization. If society begins to deny the worth of any individual or to subordinate the human person to pragmatic or utilitarian considerations, it begins to destroy the defences that safeguard its own fundamental values.

8. Today I make an urgent plea to this nation. Do not neglect your sick and elderly. Do not turn away from the handicapped and the dying. Do not push them to the margins of society. For, if you do, you will fail to understand that they represent an important truth. The sick, the elderly, the handicapped and the dying teach us that weakness is a creative part of human living, and that suffering can be embraced with no loss of dignity. Without the presence of these people in your midst you might be tempted to think of health, strength and power as the only important values to be pursued in life. But the wisdom of Christ and the power of Christ are to be seen in the weakness of those who share his sufferings.

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