by Gerhard Meyer
Every now and then, the topic of Physician-Assisted Suicide surfaces in the Green Mountain State, only to be turned down by Vermonters who still have common sense. The very fact that it is even considered is cause for much concern, and it is good to have some talking points for the next time around. It is not the happiest topic, but it is important to be prepared.
Many know that a practice like this creates a slippery slope, but few realize how just how slippery. It is expensive to provide adequate living space for the sick or the elderly, and that kind of pressure has brought out the worst in people. Vermont’s elderly population is growing as opposed to the youth, and that may increase social security rates. It would be easy for the left to use Euthanasia as a way to “relieve financial pressure” on the taxpayers. When money is involved, it can be easy for someone to err in their own favor and disregard the sick person. Money is not the only source of bias; and example would be a racist doctor prescribing death for a black patient who may still have a chance. This is a power no human should have over another.
And why should they stop there? In the past, horrific crimes against humanity have been committed to “purge” the population of “undesirables”. My youngest brother has Down Syndrome, and I don’t want the government to have the power to deem him as “useless”. We must not even open the door for history to repeat itself.
When proponents of Physician-Assisted Suicide claim that it is “the more humane” thing to do, they are missing the point. Suicide can be a symptom of something internal. A good doctor knows that treating the symptom does not solve the problem, but merely lets more problems happen.
This issue is something that has hit close to home for me, as two of my friends have passed away in this manner. A third almost did, but I talked him out of it and gained some insight on how to help. Instead of pouring money senselessly into the murder machine, we should be working on therapy techniques and help lines.
Many have argued that it is a physician’s duty to ease pain and suffering, and say that Euthanasia is sometimes necessary. I disagree with this logic, because a physician’s time spent on developing destructive practices is time wasted. That time should and must be spent finding ways to ease the pain while respecting the life that is their patient. A doctor is someone who fixes. Sharing this duty with destruction takes away a certain amount of credibility. I illustrate this by asking my friends on the left if they would want an arsonist to build their house, or if they would choose a thief for a banker. I would not want a doctor who values life so little that he views it as something worth taking away sometimes. Destruction and killing are outside the realm of a doctor, and rightly so. Suicide is a personal choice that hurts all involved, and it is a shame to ask a doctor to help with it.
Legalizing Euthanasia will be like emptying a tube of toothpaste; once it’s out, it’s hard to go back. The damages will be far-reaching. What kind of a message does this send to our children- that death is a way out when the going gets tough? Killing should never be a default solution.
Euthanasia is a product of the loss of respect for the human life. Some call it the “Culture of Death”, and it is being actively pushed by Shumlin, Planned Parenthood, and some of the mainstream media. We must preserve the doctor’s job as a healer, a fixer, and nothing less.