Euthanasia first in Oregon
Sixty Minutes aired the Death with Dignity Oregon law on Sunday about the 29-year old recently married young lady from California named Brittany Maynard who had been diagnosed with a serious cancerous brain tumor and she was determined in her heart she did not want to go through the treatments so she chose to make her required residency in the State of Oregon legal to use their Euthanasia law to end her life. Euthanasia had been legal since 1997. The doctor simply administered a drug that put her to sleep and then administered an injection that stopped her heart a short time later. Her husband still stays in touch with the Oregon doctor who administered the drugs. Should we be surprised today that Oregon has the highest rate of suicides and murders among our young people. Hardly a day goes by that the T.V. news doesn’t report murders in the black community in Portland. Even Multnomah County Commissioner Randy Leonard’s 31-year old daughter after a long battle with drug abuse shot and killed herself.
And, of course, Dr. Kevorkian will have played a major role in conditioning Americans that Euthanasia is normal and healthy. It seems like yesterday when we were hearing about Dr. Jack Kevorkian in his suicide van coming to Portland, Oregon to assist Janet Adkins in her death from Alzheimers. She pressed the button on his little suicide machine and she died.
However, as early as 1958 Kevorkian suggested that convicts be allowed to volunteer for medical tests that were known to be fatal. In 1960 he wrote that killing inmates without experimenting on them was a waste of healthy bodies. In 1980 he stated that all people facing imminent death should be used for experiments. In 1986 he declared that Nazi experiments on Jews were “not entirely negative.” In October, 1993, he advocated allowing death row inmates to donate their organs before they were executed. And, of course, now people are voluntarily donating their organs to needy recipients by a simple notation on their driver’s licenses. However, in the U.K. possible donors must opt out if they don’t want to donate.
In March 1998, Troy Thompson, 36, from Newberg, Oregon suffering from the progressive and deadly neurological disorder known as Lou Gehrig’s disease said he would dedicate his last days to trying to stop physician-assisted suicide in Oregon and agreed to serve as a plaintiff in another legal challenge to the assisted –suicide law twice approved by voters. Opponents of assisted suicide were trying to revive a lawsuit in U.S. District court in Eugene to stop doctors from prescribing life-ending medication for terminally ill patients with less than six months to live.
By April 13, 1999, a dateline article from Pontiac, Michigan indicated Dr Death had been nine years outside the boundaries of conventional medicine during his assisted suicide crusade and he might have been sent to prison that day. It seems he was finally convicted in March 1999 of second degree murder for giving a lethal injection to a man with Lou Gehrig’s disease and recording it on videotape to goad prosecutors into charging him. Prosecutors planned to ask a judge to send the retired pathologist to prison for a minimum of 10 to 25 years. The maximum is life. Kevorkian’s lawyers planned to tell Judge Jessica Cooper that the case shouldn’t be treated as any other murder and doesn’t require sending a 70-year old man to prison.
MERCY KILLING IN THE NETHERLANDS
Mercy killing had been a fact of life in the Netherlands for decades but in 2002 the Netherlands became the first country to legalize Euthanasia and to allow patients to request that the procedure be performed by their doctors. Now, a new service known as “Life End” has been established in the Netherlands through which a patient wishing to end their lives will be able to have doctors and nurses dispatched to their homes to carry out the procedure. A spokesman for the Dutch Association for the Voluntary End of Life, stated: “The Life End Clinic will have mobile teams where people who believe they are eligible for Euthanasia can register. If they do comply, the teams will be able to carry out Euthanasia at patient’s homes should their regular doctors be unable or refuse to help them.” The procedure is simple: The patient will first be given an injection, which will put them into a deep sleep, then a second injection follows, which will stop their breathing and heart beat.
It was reported in 1999 that Euthanasia “safeguards” were routinely disregarded by Dutch doctors. Derek Humphry, Founder of the Hemlock Society, the largest organization in the U.S. promoting physician-assisted suicide and was active in Oregon promoting it said the elderly are increasingly recognized as “greedy geezers” and are “putting a strain on the health care system that will only increase and cannot be sustained for the paupers while the kings will do well.
ASSISTED SUICIDE USED BY FEW
Of about 99,000 eligible people from 1998 to 2007, 341 chose to do it. – Portland. A new study by two Oregon doctors concludes that the vast majority of dying Oregonians are either not interested in or medically ineligible to participate in Oregon’s doctor-assisted option. From 1998 through 2007, about 296,000 Oregonians died of all causes. About 99,000 died of the same diseases as afflicted the 341 people who ended their lives with a legally prescribed overdose.
“This is a very small number at the end of life,” said Dr. Katrina Hedberg, lead author and interim state epidemiologist. “It’s not surprising. It takes a pretty assertive individual.” People unlikely to use the Death with Dignity Act include: the very old (85 or older), people dying of causes other than cancer, AIDS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; people with less than a high school education; and people who are not white or Asian.
The study shows 82 percent of the deaths under the law were people with terminal cancer: Cancer patients are more likely than others to face a prognosis with a life expectancy that can be estimated as less than six months as required under the law.
RATIONED CARE TAKES ON A NEW MEANING FOR US ALL
In 1998 I had an elderly friend who said her home health care provider that assisted her would often ask if she had ever considered suicide? As early as 1975 parents were learning that the public schools would be teaching Death Education.
With “controlling costs,” a primary goal of Obamacare, and half of all medical costs coming in the last six months of life, “rational care” takes on a new meaning for us all as they are killing us softly. Therefore, we shouldn’t be surprised that Obamacare’s “proposal would pay physicians who counsel elderly or terminally ill patients about what medical treatment they would prefer near the end of life and how to prepare instructions such as living wills.” And if you are elderly and you’ve visited the doctor, I’m sure he’s gone through those instructions with you. You can choose to decline.
TIME FOR SOME LAUGHTER
A funny joke came across the Internet recently. When the elderly get to this point in life where the system cannot provide for them because of the cost, then they should be given a gun and a bullet not so they can commit suicide but rather to shoot a politician. Then they’d be put in prison where all their medical needs plus shelter and food would be taken care of the rest of their lives and their children could even visit them or the elderly could plead…
NOT GUILTY BY REASON OF INSANITY
And then there is John Hinckley, rather than suffer a heinous punishment for his attempted assassination of President Reagan and near murder of three other men, he has been found not guilty of all crimes by reason of insanity and spends his days in St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Washington, D.C. , a century-old brick psychiatric facility where he lives a soft life, eats in the cafeteria, attends therapy sessions, shoots pool, plays his guitar and watches TV. He can listen to any music he likes, and his hair remains long and shaggy says Bill O’Reilly in his 2015 book: KILLING REAGAN. There are no shackles on his wrists or ankles. The only significant difference between this new life and his previous one is that Hinckley can no longer travel impulsively and his monetary woes are a thing of the past.
THE ANGEL OF DEATH ROAMS THE HALLS
We’ve experienced this in our family. My 87 year old diabetic father lived with us the last nine years of his life. He went to the hospital in 1996 with a minor problem which I can’t even remember. Our daughters visited him at noon and he was in happy spirits. At 5 p.m. the “angel of death” had been to his room and when I went to see him, he was acting strangely. I called the nurse. The male nurse looked at him and said, “Oh, he’s shutting down.” He’d been in the hospital three days and was looking forward to going home.
It was after his funeral that it dawned on me he was having the same symptoms when I overdosed him with insulin per doctor’s phone order after an earlier hospitalization. If a home nurse hadn’t arrived to check on him that day, I’d probably be in jail for elderly abuse but she helped save his life by bringing him out of his diabetic attack. I had argued on the phone that day, “I have NEVER given him that much insulin before” but the doctor yelled back, “Give it to him.” So I did. But there would be no way I could prove my innocence and blame the doctor so I was indeed thankful that the nurse arrived when she did.
My husband’s 90 year old dad went to the same hospital in 1998 with pneumonia and was dead within three days.
FORMER NURSE SENTENCED TO LIFE
In Allentown, before receiving six more life sentences, a former nurse who confessed to killing at least 29 patients in two states was gagged with a cloth and duct tape in court in March 2006 after he began loudly repeating the same phrase. Even after deputies tried to tighten the gag, Charles Cullen’s muffled chant of “Your Honor, you need to step down” drowned out statements from some of the victims’ relatives who spoke at the sentence hearing, and continued as the judge read him his sentence. Cullen, 46, gave lethal drug overdoses to patients at nursing homes and hospitals in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The serial killer had been given another life sentence in Pennsylvania earlier and 11 consecutive life terms in New Jersey.
SUPREME COURT APPROVES OREGON’S ASSISTED-SUICIDE
The Supreme Court in January 2006 rejected the Bush administration’s attempt to block the Oregon’s law that was voted on not once but twice that lets doctors prescribe drugs to help the terminally ill end their lives. The 6-3 decision in favor of Oregon’s assisted-suicide law opens the door to similar laws at a time when the nation’s evolving demographics- baby boomers are entering their 60s- are pointing towards spike in the elderly population and fueling debates about how much control patients should have over the end of their lives. Meanwhile, back in Oregon, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision drew deeply emotional responses from Oregonians bringing to an end the long battle. The State of Washington and Vermont have sense enacted the “right to die” law and others are considering.
Believing it would be more to his advantage in promoting his “right to die” ideology if he could pass laws, in 2008, at the age of 79, Kevorkian filed to run for Congress in Michigan but failed. And little more was heard about him until a CNN.com blog noted that Dr. Jack Kevorkian died on June 3, 2011 at age 83. He’d been hospitalized for pneumonia and a kidney related ailment. It was uncertain whether he died of natural causes or had some help.
SOCIETAL EXHAUSTION IN OUR HIGH SPEED WORLD
The Blaze reported in March 2015 there’s a condition known as “Exploding Head Syndrome” and apparently more people have it than previously thought. Scientists at Washington State University took 200 college students to experiment and nearly one in five experienced a loud bang in the head similar to a bomb exploding, a gun going off, a clash of cymbals or any other form of loud noise. Researchers believe it happens when the brain is shutting down to sleep. At first they thought it only happened in older people but now it’s happening in younger people. We are like those gerbils running on the spinning wheel.
After all the morbid things I’ve written above just goes to prove once again, human nature is depraved and in need of a Savior. I started out with Kevorkian and his invention of a machine that allowed people the “right to die” and now I’m ending with the robotic sex machines that McGuire writes about in his article.
Toss in the current presidential election with a liar and a socialist running on the Democrat ticket and the neocon Republicans opposing Trump on the Republican ticket, mudslinging campaign ads, and we are looking at the Illuminati’s motto: Order out of Chaos” Saul Alinsky style of violence – a manufactured crisis in order to bring in a Marxist society never before experienced in my lifetime. Is mankind at the final turning point? It’s a crazy, crazy world in which we live. Come quickly Lord Jesus.
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