Fat Steve's Blatherings

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Schiavo: a followup

      I told you we were heading towards euthanasia.  Now The Times has a story on the British National Health Service's desire to kill a man who wants to live.

  • Keeping people alive can be a "waste of resources," says Labour Minister.

  • The killer propogandists have so distorted the language used on this issue that people are now referred to as being "kept alive artificially," a lie.  The also refer to "artificial" nutrition or hydration.

  • Doctors enjoy killing people, as long as they have legal cover.  So do government health care officials.

  • And when the Left isn't killing people directly, they're doing so indirectly.

In Depth:
      This is a story I meant to post on a while ago, but got distracted.  Britain's National Health Service has a policy of killing patients through neglect, and they are very angry that British judges may be threatening their power to murder.  (Hat tip: Best of the Web)

      The Times reports:
May 19, 2005

      THE National Health Service should not have to give life- prolonging treatment to every patient who demands it because that would mean a crippling waste of resources, the Government said yesterday.

      A lawyer for Patricia Hewitt, the Health Secretary, said that a ruling granting a patient the right to request life-prolonging care had serious implications for the NHS.. . .

      Leslie Burke, 45, who suffers from cerebellar ataxia, a degenerative brain condition, won a landmark case last May granting him the right to stop doctors withdrawing artificial nutrition or hydration (ANH) treatment until he dies naturally. . . .

      Philip Sales, for the Health Secretary, told a panel of three appeal judges, headed by the Master of the Rolls, Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers: “A general right, as identified (in the High Court), for an individual patient to require life- prolonging treatment has very serious implications for the functioning of the NHS.

      “It may be interpreted as giving patients the right to demand certain treatments, contrary to the considered judgment of their medical team, that would lead to patients obtaining access to treatment that is not appropriate for them, and to unfairly skewed use of resources within the NHS.”

      Under current GMC guidelines, a competent patient could decide between treatment options offered by a doctor.  “But the patient cannot require his doctor to offer him any treatment option which, in the doctor’s view, is not clinically appropriate or which cannot be offered for other reasons — having regard to the efficient allocation of resources.”

      Mr Justice Munby ruled last year that if a patient is competent, or has made a request before becoming incompetent, doctors have a duty to provide ANH. . . . The hearing continues.

      Meanwhile, Prof. Reynolds writes about a related phenomenon: the "fluffy predator" enthusiasts.  As he asked previously:
The effort to remake the world so that it is safe for [human hunting] predators seems rather odd to me. What sort of person would rather be prey?

      Robert Heinlein answered that fairly well, I think:
      There are hidden contradictions in the minds of people who “love Nature” while deploring the “artificialities” with which “Man has spoiled ‘Nature.’ ”  The obvious contradiction lies in their choice of words, which imply that Man and his artifacts are not part of “Nature” -- but beavers and their dams are.  But the contradictions go deeper than this prima-facie absurdity.  In declaring his love for a beaver dam (erected by beavers for beavers’ purposes) and his hatred for dams erected by men (for the purposes of men) the “naturist” reveals his hatred for his own race -- i.e., his own self hatred.

      In the case of “Naturists” such self-hatred is understandable; they are such a sorry lot.  But hatred is too strong an emotion to feel toward them; pity and contempt are the most they rate.

      But Mr. Heinlein left one thing out: this type hates not only themselves, but everyone else, too.  Hatred of humanity is part of the essence of left-wing politics.  They want power, and when they get it, the future will be "a boot stamping on a human face, forever."  That's why so many seemingly unrelated issues, such as socialized medicine, death 'with dignity,' euthanasia, 'quality of life,' and 'enviornmentalism' attract so many of the same people.  At bottom, they're about hurting and killing people.

      And if you don't recognize the line about boots and faces, your educations is deficient, and you need to read this. And this wouldn't hurt, either.



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