Killing Us Softly – Part 1

This series of articles on ObamaCare and the Death Culture inherent in the godless Brave New World of the Sustainable Development economy is published with the permission of the author, Kelleigh Nelson. If you value the sanctity of life from conception to natural death, this series will have you in tears.  Please share on Facebook and other social media. It could save lives!  ~LTG

 KILLING US SOFTLY      Part 1

by Kelleigh Nelson

Mourner

Euthanasia is a long, smooth-sounding word, and it conceals its danger as long, smooth words do, but the danger is there, nevertheless. Pearl S. Buck

 Condemned German: “But we didn’t think it would go that far.”
American judge:
“It went that far the very first time you condemned an innocent human being.”  Conversation in the American motion picture “Judgment at Nuremburg.”

 “From the Soviet gulag to the Nazi concentration camps and the killing fields of Cambodia, history teaches that granting the state legal authority to kill innocent individuals has dreadful consequences.” … Pete Du Pont, former Delaware governor

 Passive Euthanasia

My dear mother died on July 19, 1994. She had Alzheimer’s, but her death was hurried along because she was deprived of food and water. My baby sister had medical power of attorney and was convinced by the nursing home physicians that mother would feel no pain. When I found out, I called the nursing home in Illinois and spoke to the medical director. I told him I did not want my mother starved and dehydrated to death. He told me she wouldn’t feel anything. He never said she was receiving any pain medication. I responded that there wasn’t much difference between what he was doing to my mother and what was done by the Nazis to concentration camp prisoners. He answered that my mother could feel nothing because she didn’t have her brain function any longer. Of course, being starved and dehydrated doesn’t help with brain function of prisoners either. I hung up and wept bitter tears. Momma died three days later. I later found out that what was done to my mother had been common practice for several decades. My mother did not deserve this end. Hydration would have kept her body comfortable until God took her home.

This is called “Passive Euthanasia.” Euthanasia is Greek for “good death,” but there is nothing good about dying from a lack of hydration. Link Passive Euthanasia is all too common in America today. It is hastening the death of a person by altering some form of support and letting nature take its course. Examples include such things as turning off respirators, halting medications, discontinuing food and water thus allowing a person to dehydrate or starve to death, or failure to resuscitate.

Passive euthanasia also includes giving a patient large doses of morphine to control pain, in spite of the likelihood that the painkiller will suppress respiration and cause death earlier than it otherwise would have happened. Such doses of painkillers have a dual effect of relieving pain and hastening death. Administering such medication is regarded as ethical in most political jurisdictions and by most medical societies, including the special “cocktail” given by Hospice employees.

These procedures are performed on terminally ill, suffering persons so that natural death will occur sooner. They are also commonly performed on persons in a persistent vegetative state; for example, individuals with massive brain damage or in a coma from which they likely will not regain consciousness.

The slippery slope of murdering the vegetative or terminally ill started in l935 in Britain, in l938 in the US, and in l980 in Canada. The British and American groups were very small and insignificant for the next two decades. It became bigger and more vocal after the hugely-publicized Karen Ann Quinlan “right-to-die” case in New Jersey in l976, which revealed to the public the extent of modern medical technology to extend life indefinitely in a persistent vegetative state.

Opinion polls show average support of 60 percent in the USA, 74 percent in Canada, and 80 percent in Britain. When actually voting in official ballot measures, the support has been 46 percent in Washington State (l991), 46 percent in California (l992), and 51 percent in Oregon (l994), which now has legalized assisted suicide. As for physicians, numerous opinion polls indicate that half the medical profession would like to see it made law. It also appears that about 15 percent of physicians already practice it on what they believe are justifiable occasions. Some leaderships of the professional medical associations remain adamantly opposed, but they seem to be declining rapidly.

Those who object to euthanasia are the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, as well as fundamentalist protestant denominations. Killing an innocent is a crime against the 6th commandment, “Thou shalt not murder.” This commandment forbids the killing of the innocent, not the killing of the guilty, which can be sometimes ordered by the state for the common good. This is clear in the Old testament where Moses also gave laws to kill the guilty, and in the doctrine of the above mentioned churches. Euthanasia is a crime against the same commandment, just as is abortion. They are both murder.

Three people have told me about deaths in their family and what has happened with hospital employees and Hospice care. My mother’s experience was in an Alzheimer’s nursing home. Their stories are going to become more common with Obama Care. Here is the American physician’s original Hippocratic Oath. (Russian and Islamic physicians take different oaths.)

The Original Oath of Hippocrates

“I SWEAR by Apollo the physician and Asclepius,(the Greek god of medicine and healing) and Hygieia, (daughter of the god of medicine, Asclepius, and the goddess/personification of health) and Panaceia, (another daughter and goddess of Universal remedy) and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfill according to my ability and judgment, this Oath and this covenant. To hold him who has taught me this Art as equal to me as my parents, and to live my life in partnership, and if he is in need of money, to give him a share of mine, and to regard his offspring as equal to my brother in male lineage and to teach them this art, if they desire to learn it, without fee and covenant, to give a share of the precepts and oral instruction and all the other learning to my sons and to the sons of him who has instructed me and to pupils who have signed the covenant and have taken an oath according to the medical law, but to no one else. I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick, according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice. I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly, I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness, I will guard my life and my Art. I will not use the knife, not even on sufferers from stone, but will withdraw in favor of such men as are engaged in this work. Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all internal injustice, of all mischief, and in particular of sexual relations with both female and male persons, be they free or slaves. What I may see or hear, in the course of treatment or even outside the treatment in regard to the life of men, which on no account one must spread abroad, I will keep to myself holding such things shameful to be spoken about. If I fulfill this oath and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of the art, being honored with fame among all men for all time to come; if I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite be my lot.”

Obviously, one does not have to swear allegiance to a Greek polytheistic deity, but swearing the oath to a personal God is a tie that binds. The rest of the oath is pretty clear. Of special import is the portion I highlighted. Sadly today, our medical personnel have decided to speed death along rather than giving aid and comfort to the sick and suffering. They’ve become the “god” who decides life and death. I fear this practice on the sick and elderly will accelerate in the coming years, no, actually I know it will accelerate. For 40 years we have murdered the most innocent, America’s unborn babies. When I wrote the article, THE CULTURE OF DEATH, I said I would write another article regarding after-birth abortion proponents and their plans. I couldn’t bring myself to face the research I’d collected to write that article. The truth of our death culture is often more than I can bear especially with the babies. The elderly in our country have been the targets for decades as well. Instead of being cherished and honored, they are being treated as “useless eaters” that should quickly die. We need to know what to expect, what to alert our loved ones to watch for, and what to tell them we want at the end of our lives.

Prescription DeathIn 1993, pediatrics professor, Dr. Reed Bell wrote the book,

Prescription Death: Compassionate Killers in the Medical Profession.

He discussed the changes that had taken place in European countries over the previous 25 years. These changes are now happening in America at an exponential speed. Our culture has changed from a basic Judeo-Christian ethos and ethic to the prevailing secular humanist ethic and ethos. We have moved from a sanctity-of-life ethic to a “quality-of-life” ethic. Since 1973, we have accepted the right of women to kill their unborn babies for any reason at all because it’s a woman’s “right-to-choose,” and now, with ObamaCare, we are moving rapidly to condoning suicide and the “right-to-die.”

One of the most frightening aspects of the euthanasia movement is called crypthanasia, (active euthanasia on sick people without their knowledge). A typical case might be an older person who has suffered a heart attack and is in the emergency room. His problem could be ameliorated with a pace-maker, but because of his age and the cost of care, he is denied treatment and is allowed to die, or even assisted in dying (murdered)–by a physician who has decided he is not worth saving. This is done without the patient’s or his family’s knowledge or consent. The Judeo-Christian ethic has moved to a quality-of-life ethic and eventually moves to a “compassionate killing” of patients and the “duty-to-die.” Once we’ve accepted the notion there is a “right-to-die,” it doesn’t take much rationalizing to accept the idea that there may also be a “duty-to-die” and that our medical profession has an obligation to help people along in the dying process–even against their will.

The Manufacturer’s Handbook is clear throughout both the Old and New Testaments. Clearly, life is a gift, and only God Himself has the right to choose when our lives on earth come to an end. Human beings are not animals but unique beings made “in the image of God” (Gen 1:26-28). God says, “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13), and “CHOOSE LIFE” (Deuteronomy 30:19).

Life is a gift from God and the moment of death is God’s prerogative. “Seeing his days are determined, the number of his months are with thee, thou hast appointed his bounds that he cannot pass; ” (Job 14:5).

“To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted” (Eccl 3:1-2).

Sickness or injury at the end of life can cause suffering that can be trying on the family as well. Yet, again, God says, “Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer … Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” (Rev 2:10).

God can heal even the hopeless cases. “…heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils; freely ye have received, freely give” (Matt 10:8). “For with God, nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37).

The majority of us fighting the onslaught of Communism in our beloved country are baby boomers. We are the ones the Communists in our governments want to eliminate next, most likely through ObamaCare, which is a huge tentacle of UN Agenda 21′s population reduction plans. I’ve had several phone calls from friends whose family members have died in hospital or with hospice. The effort by medical care givers to speed the last breath of the dying is obvious in many cases.

One wonders, “Where is the church?” This is a question I’m often asked by those of you who read my articles. We’ll look at the church in an article to follow this one.

Pray for our nation, pray for her people, repent for our sins, plead for mercy, and fight the monster of Communism. “And having done all, to STAND!”

To be Continued in Part 2

23 responses to “Killing Us Softly – Part 1

  1. Laurel Federbush

    Well-said!

  2. I have read many articles in the Daily Mail UK regarding the callous treatment of patients under the NHS, I am really surprised the citizens haven’t revolted. You can find past articles in their search engines. One that really broken my heart told the story of a little girl who died of dehydration and laid there for a day and NOT ONE staff member knew about it because they were all tied up caring for others and tied up in bureaucracy. Her mother, needless to say, was devastated.

    I cried after reading the article and now I want to cry after reading your post. We must all pray for God’s mercy.

    • Part 2 of the series details the Liverpool Care Pathway that uses dehydration to hasten death and is a “model plan”. It’s sickening and tragic. If families understand the change in medical ethics no longer protects life, they’ll be forewarned in times of crisis.

  3. As a Christian, and a former health care professional, I have battled my own thoughts & feelings on some of these things. Needless to say, if the person is young, and not terminal, I believe that you save them at all costs. If the person is able to speak for themselves, then they have the right to refuse any treatment they don’t want. So, truthfully, if they don’t want a pacemaker, they don’t have to have one. I, myself am eventually going to need one I was told, I guess I will decide when the time comes.

    In the course of my profession, I was asked to take one elderly patient off the ventilator. I was asked by a Catholic priest if I was okay with doing this. I told him I had to go pray about it. The patient was unresponsive in every other way.

    So, as I stated, I went to pray about it and immediately got my answer from the Lord. Now, I know it was the Lord because this is not something I would say to myself. The Lord said, “Put My power back into My Hands”! Yes, we can keep people alive indefinitely but when God is trying to take someone home and we interfere, how is that any different than the opposite? Helping them die? What did we do before modern technology? I believe things should be handled on a case by case basis.

    Just as in calling it murder/euthanasia, it can also be called playing God in keeping them alive when God wants them home with Him. Think about it! It would depend on age and diagnosis and how advanced the disease process is as well as looking at the quality of time they would have left if they were to survive. Myself, since I repent daily, and am born again/saved, I would much prefer to be with the Lord if all I am going to have is a really poor quality of life with allot of pain. But that’s just me.

    • But I don’t agree with the starvation and dehydration process. Even in the days of Jesus if one was ill and dying, you didn’t deprive them water. I am basically referring to artificial means of life sustaining.

  4. Thank you, LTG, for posting this, and Than You, Kelleigh, for allowing FOTM to republish this important series.

    One thought: Passive euthanasia is also what Obama, if he has his way, would have us do to perfectly viable babies who survive a late-term abortion. When he was Illinois state senator, he thrice voted against the Born Again Infants Survival Act. If he has his way, those babies would simply be left in a room to slowly die from dehydration and starvation.

  5. Thanks Kelleigh: As usual you have written an excellent article about something that hopefully many people will read. Thank God I was called to personally care for both my Mother and Daddy in their latter years. My Mother lived several more years with Alzheimer’s, and although she didn’t consciously acknowledge it, I feel sure that she died happy and is awaiting me in Heaven because God rewarded her for being a wonderful mother who raised me and my two brothers to know God and the sacrifice his son, Jesus Christ, made in order for us to join Him in the hereafter. I’m anxiously awaiting your follow-up articles.

    • Pastor Herb Roush preached a very inspiring memorial service on the death of a young woman in his congregation many years ago. It’s called The Death of a Saint. It’s a little over an hour long. I found it a great comfort and hope you will too.

  6. And the presstitutes in the media made Palin out to look like an idiot . Think of her as you wish but the gal was dead-on (no pun intended ) about the “Death Panels ” . The only way to save money in the health care system is to avoid paying out . Which leads to rationing and ” LEGAL EUTHANASIA”…

    Or getting more to the point , Margaret Sanger’s , Bill Gates , idea of eugenics . ” Only the strong survive ” which puts us on an animal level … After all that’s what the “ELITE ” think of us anyway . We are not a Human Resource . That term in and of itself has de-humanized all of us . And yet we allowed that to happen to placate all the p.c. scheist – heads out there .

    WE ARE INDIVIDUALS , NOT A RESOURCE !!!!!!

  7. This is a tough subject for me. My grandmother was 76 and diagnosed with grade 4 brain cancer. She was terminal and the last of her days she had violent seizures before going into a permanent comatose state which is when Hospice took over. She out lived the 6 months we were given for her to be with us. I don’t agree with starvation/dehydration, assisted suicide, or the idea of leaving babies alone in a room to die, but I really struggle with keeping someone alive for my selfish reasons to have them here on this planet terminally ill, comatose, and so forth given she was 76 and would not have wanted to burden us with the cost or needs to care for her in such a state. I don’t want to play God. I believe this needs to be discussed with family and medical staff so that the needs or wants of the individual/family are adhered to because I know I also if I were diagnosed terminal with no cure don’t wish to burden my family and want to be with the heavenly father when he calls for me.

    • This is very personal. A person has to choose for themselves and we must respect their choice. My mom has said the last thing she wants is to be left here in a vegetative state, and would wish to pass on. The concern should not just be religious, but at what point is the choice taken from our hands and put into the hands of others like government or medical professionals to decide for us the best manner of care.

    • Exactly Renee…you said some of the things I had wanted to but couldn’t come up with the words for. I find as I get older, my intelligence seems to be going by the wayside. I struggle sometimes to think of the words I want to say that would relay what I am thinking. But you relayed my point. Thank you!

      • Patriot Angel I understand. Topics such as these are so difficult because of each person’s religious views and personal thoughts. With my grandmother we had no Thanksgiving through New Years as her diagnosis was after Thanksgiving. At Christmas the rehab threw her to the curb because they needed beds for other patients and told us to just find somewhere to put her. I chewed out her insurance representative as I used to work in medical malpractice for lawyers.

        Her husband whom lied to her and deceived her during her marriage making her a victim of emotional, verbal, and psychological abuse would not let her die at home with an in home nurse. She had the money and we wanted that for her. Luckily a Filipino family had a home they opened to care for the elderly so we paid them to care for her so she would not be in a cold setting so to speak like a hospital or convalescence. Problem is after so long on FMLA we had to come home – bills to pay – and the distance of us in TX and her in Vegas. My parents went back later and I spent a last week with her in Hospice. When She was in Hospice she could no longer say I love you as the cancer had debilitated her. The next day she was comatose till she passed after being read her last rights prayer. We flew back and I awoke from my nap like a shot when the phone rang that afternoon. I did not answer, but I knew it was a call saying she passed on.

        I wish we could have done much more for her. My mom and I were her power of attorney. In the hospital I had to feed her everymeal. She had no function for months on her left side and no vision on that side. They first thought she had a stroke only to find out incurable brain cancer.

        Her husband made the ordeal so much worse. The guy swindled so much money from her, and her name was not on the condo deed. He lied saying it was and she paid half the rent/bills so he could gamble.

  8. Thank you for all the comments. The next pieces are really forewarning people of what to avoid and the final piece will be on what you can do. Please pray for me, these articles are extremely difficult for me to write. When I wrote about the babies in CULTURE OF DEATH, it took me weeks to recover. It’s been a year and now I’m tackling this project. I hope the information will help those who read my articles.

    • I will pray for strength to help you educate and spread the truth. I understand how hard this must be. I am not pro abortion, and the concept of killing babies is heart wrenching for me. My grandmother’s illness and death was also hard on me and family. My mom and I always wish we had done more for her, and hope if we fell short that she forgives us. We have prayed on this.

  9. Why did the Social Security Administration buy all those hollowpoint rounds? Because death panels just don’t reduce those pesky benefit costs fast enough.

  10. Thank you for covering this subject, LTG. It is hard to believe the speed with which our country is being overtaken by evil.

  11. I agree with the fundamentals of this post. However, I have one point that drives me crazy when people improperly quote the Bible and it has become prevalent in our culture and our churches. Exodus 20:13 Says “Thou shall not Murder”, which is the 6th Commandment from God. It does not say “thou shall not kill”. Our Castle doctrine is based on this, that is the right by God to self defense. Malicious intent to harm someone is further explained as murder in Exodus. I certainly do not want or plan on ever killing anyone and I pray I never have to, but so many use this to oppose self defense or executing murderous guilty people. I know this is not the subject of the post but the author of this post stated the scripture correctly originally and then incorrectly quoted it when discussing the “Manufacturer’s Handbook” and I felt I had to opine on it.

  12. Richard, the KJV of the Bible , in Exodus 20:13, states, “THOU SHALT NOT KILL.” I didn’t want to change the words of the Bible version I quote from. However, having said that, the original text means “murder,” as you have stated. It is the reason I used the correct translation of “thou shalt not murder” when I was speaking of putting innocents to death. When quoting the bible, i.e. manufacturer’s handbook, I used their own words. Kill and murder are two different things. Having said that, the Bible text goes on to explain that there is punishment for murder…hope this clarifies…and I agree with you.

  13. Kelleigh, Thank you for your kind and explanatory response. I have just seen so many misquotes I wanted to start correcting when I saw them as no one seems to speak up. Your explanation clarifies your post and I appreciate your response.

  14. Kelleigh, Wanted to mention I am using the NIV of the Bible which obviously states the commandment as I quoted it. It concerns me that different Bible translations have different words that have a substantial difference in the meanings of the English words. I will pull out my KJV and cross check before I make future comments. It does concern me though.

  15. The NIV is well known to be one of the worst translations out there, they didn’t use the textus receptus…I’d switch to either KJV or the 1901 American Standard…NIV is really really bad. I used to have all the markings in an old NIV as to which verses were really corrupted, and there are several, but haven’t discussed this in years. If I were you, I’d do a study of the Bible Translations, perhaps get yourself THE COMPARATIVE STUDY BIBLE. There are a few small errors in the KJV, Easter instead of Passover used, but for the most part it is considered the finest translation. The NIV mixes the name of Jesus(bright morning star) and uses the same for satan (purposely not capitalized). But one verse has always troubled me…the fact that the NIV has deleted I John 5:7-8 which is the only part of the KJV Bible that states FOR THERE ARE THREE THAT BEAR RECORD IN HEAVEN, THE FATHER, THE WORD, AND THE HOLY GHOSE AND THESE THREE ARE ONE. AND THERE ARE THREE THAT BEAR WITNESS IN EARTH, THE SPIRIT, THE WATER, AND THE BLOOD AND THESE THREE AGREE IN ONE.

    Do some homework, and you may find you prefer other versions…another spot that really bothers me is Revelation 13:18. KJV SAYS, HERE IS WISDOM. LET HIM THAT HATH UNDERSTANDING COUNT THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST; FOR IT IS THE NUMBER OF A MAN; AND HIS NUMBER IS SIX HUNDRED THREESCORE AND SIX.
    The NIV says, THIS CALLS FOR WISDOM. IF ANYONE HAS INSIGHT LET HIM CALCULATE THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST, FOR IT IS MAN’S NUMBER. HIS NUMBER IS 666.
    The way this reads, a new Christian would think all men have the number of 666….it’s very confusing.
    I think I also read that there was a lesbian on the translation of NIV,, because they wanted to eliminate so much anti-homosexuality.

    This is far abreast of what I’m writing on, and is not applicable to comments. If you wish to continue then write me at the email listed under my articles at newswithviews.com

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