Monday, 26 March 2012

Liverpool Care Pathway – The Innocuous Euphemism

The evidence is stacking up. The propositions are more audacious, outrageous and extreme, but presented as modern, liberal and enlightened. The reasoned argument is actually unreasonable, unacceptable and morally offensive. To even countenance such views as worthy of debate is surely shameful.

In 1999, Peter Singer, a former professor at Australia’s Monash University, became the Ira W. De Camp Professor of Bioethics at the Princeton University Center for Human Values. At Princeton, Singer continued to mould and shape the views of future leaders in medicine, law, education and business.

Alberto Giubilini - co-author of the recent controversial paper, After-birth abortion: why should the baby live? - is a teaching associate at the Centre for Human Bioethics at the very same Monash University Singer vacated to go to Princeton.

Singer’s efforts have borne strange fruit. The web of complicity has trawled new recruits to the academic cause.

The abortion argument has raged over the years as to the stage up to which an abortion may legally take place. Currently, in the UK, this is set at 24 weeks. Legally, the foetus does not possess human personhood. If it did, then the act of abortion would have to be viewed as act of murder.

According to Wikipedia, abortion is defined as the termination of pregnancy by the removal or expulsion from the uterus of a foetus or embryo prior to viability. The question of ‘viability’ has been a point of contention, also, in which to determine at what stage is a being a human person and, thus, is abortion still permissible and legal. A foetus or embryo which is not a human person is not ‘murderable’!

To be viable, a foetus must have reached such a stage of development as to be capable of living, under normal conditions, outside the uterus. To extend application of the term abortion, therefore, to a post-natal independently-living and viable child is to provide a euphemism for plain and simple infanticide – itself a euphemism for murder.

The authors' cover story for this unarguable fact is that, actually, the foetus, right through to parturition and beyond, does not possess personhood. Yes, the newborn, too, does not possess human personhood. If it did, then the act of ‘after-birth abortion’ which they propose would have to be viewed as an act of murder, also! This is the continued creep of the same Death Culture of which the LCP forms but one part.

May god help us all, for there is none other in any position of authority anywhere who will, nor even with the will to do so. By hook and by crook, the law is being circumvented.

In his famous Lyceum address, Lincoln warned against trampling on the rule of law. “If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.” That bold statement is finding a prophetic fulfilment in Oregon’s Brave New World...

Praise be to Ford!

In the ideal world these social architects construe, every birth, every death is to order - no longer left to chance, but costed, timed and regulated - birth by induction – to order and on time - a conveyer belt oiled and greased to perfection.

And death, too, by induction – by abortion, by suicide or via LCP!

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