The New York Times ran an article recently that should have our attention:
The headline: “Belgium Acquits Three Doctors in Assisted Suicide Case.” The article tells the story of the first three medical professionals charged under Belgium’s euthanasia law.
The manslaughter charge came because they had brought about the death of a woman who had not really been qualified as a candidate for euthanasia because—at least one member of her family argued—she was not incurably ill.
Why were the doctors acquitted? Not because of the facts of the case, but rather because they argued, that if the doctors were found guilty and imprisoned, it would have a chilling effect upon other physicians who were conducting euthanasia or assisted suicide.
The argument evidently won in court, with the court deciding that there would be a chilling effect upon physicians killing people if these three doctors were found criminally guilty of having killed a person wrongly.
And there, once again, we have a taste of the logic of the culture of death.Read More »