Saturday, 24 March 2012

Liverpool Care Pathway – An Innocuous Logic.

Would that this could be simply condemned as a sick joke...

The death-culture has spread its vile tentacles and seeks to permeate every level of our moral being, to overwhelm us until we succumb to what is promoted as its innocuous logic.

Yes, they really did mean to say that...!

Lady Warnock

Baroness Warnock has said that elderly people suffering from 
dementia are “wasting people’s lives” and “wasting the resources of the National Health Service” and should be allowed to die. These are the words of a well-respected commentator on medical ethics.

Lady Warnock’s comments were published in an interview with the magazine of the Church of Scotland, Life and Work, and have been condemned by dementia charities.

Jacques Attali
Jacques Attali, is a leading French intellectual and former President of the European Bank for reconstruction and development.

He has said, "As soon as he goes beyond 60-65 years of age man lives beyond his capacity to produce, and he costs society a lot of money...euthanasia will be one of the essential instruments of our future societies." 

BMA: Let patients die 'to save cash'
Published on Saturday 25 June 2011 13:55THE leader of Scotland's doctors has questioned whether society can afford to pay thousands of pounds to keep terminally-ill people alive for weeks or months when health service budgets are under unprecedented strain.

In The Telegraph:
Martin Amis says euthanasia is 'an evolutionary inevitability'

Martin Amis says the 'primitive' Christian notion of the 'sanctity of life' is holding back debate on assisted suicide

In The Guardian:

Martin Amis in new row over 'euthanasia booths'

His comments were immediately condemned as "glib" and "offensive" by anti-euthanasia groups and those caring for the elderly and infirm. Supporters of assisted suicide, meanwhile, insisted that a dignified and compassionate end should be on offer to those who are dying.

Alistair Thompson, from the Care Not Killing Alliance, said Amis's views were "very worrying". "We are extremely disappointed that people are advocating death booths for the elderly and the disabled. How on earth can we pretend to be a civilised society if people are giving the oxygen of publicity to such proposals?
In The Telegraph:

Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say

Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed because they are “morally irrelevant” and ending their lives is no different to abortion, a group of medical ethicists linked to Oxford University has argued.
A group of ethicists has argued that killing young babies is no different from abortion
A group of ethicists has argued that killing young babies is no different from abortion Photo: Alamy 

Stephen Adams
1:38PM GMT 29 Feb 2012

The article, published in the Journal of Medical Ethics, says newborn babies are not “actual persons” and do not have a “moral right to life”. The academics also argue that parents should be able to have their baby killed if it turns out to be disabled when it is born. 

Parents should be allowed to have their newborn babies killed because they are “morally irrelevant” say medical ethicists linked to Oxford University.  Writing in the Journal of Medical Ethics, Alberto Giubilini and Francesca Minerva stated, “We take ‘person’ to mean an individual who is capable of attributing to her own existence some (at least) basic value…” As such they argued it was “not possible to damage a newborn by preventing her from developing the potentiality to become a person in a morally relevant sense.” 

In this view — which is rife within international and American bioethics — the unborn, infants (at least through the first few weeks) and those who have lost relevant capacities because of, for example, late-stage Alzheimer’s or severe brain damage are not persons because they have either not yet attained or have lost the capacities of personhood. 

Alberto Guibilini and Francesca Minerva argue that both the fetus and the new-born infant are only potential persons without any interest. 

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