“Dementia = Euthanasia”

Matthew 19:19   19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

I believe by now most of us are familiar with the statistics on abortion.  But just to be sure, I just looked up the data, at “The Center for Bio-Ethical Reform.”

Worldwide there are approximately 42 Million abortions per year and 115,000 abortions per day:  In the United States approximately 1.37 million abortions per year and approximately 3,700 abortions per day.

The two largest groups of women receiving abortions are between 20-24 obtain 32% while teenagers obtain 20%.  64.4% of all abortions are performed on never-married women.

When asked why they are having an abortion, 93% of all abortions occur for social reasons (i.e. the child is unwanted or inconvenient)[1]

Those numbers are staggering and tragic.  As bad as these numbers are, they will only rise with the removal of the restraint on “partial birth abortions.”  There has been a war waging since ‘Roe v. Wade’ hit the court system.  There are people on both sides and this writer believes that ‘abortion-on-demand’ is nothing more than an “Oh no, I am pregnant; I need an abortion” solution, with little or no regard for the life inside.  Just to set the facts straight for those of you who would say “but what about rape and incest?”  According to the data, that number is only 1%.  So abortion-on-demand is clearly a lifestyle decision.

Since 1973 we have become insensible to the fact that we are murdering the un-born.  What is next on the agenda, the elderly?  If so, at what age or medical/mental conditions would we select people to be led to the slaughter?  Would people be in jeopardy if they had dementia or Alzheimer’s?  Would that fall under the category of “unwanted or inconvenient”?

While those question may seem “over the top” I want to bring your attention to the statement of Baroness Warnock, a veteran UK government advisor and one of Britain’s leading moral philosophers in an interview with the Church of Scotland’s magazine, “Life and Work.”

Elderly people suffering from dementia should consider ending their lives because they are a burden on the National Health System (NHS) and their families.[2]

She goes on to say, “Pensioners in mental decline are “wasting people’s lives” because of the care they require and should be allowed to opt for euthanasia even if they are not in pain.  She insisted that there was “nothing wrong” with people being helped to die for the sake of their loved ones or society.  She hoped people will soon be “licensed to put others down” if they are unable to look after themselves.

At this point the UK has a National Health System, much like what the President, Congress and the Senate wants in the US.  As the UK is facing this issue, so will we if we go to a national health plan.  The push is on to allow “doctor assisted suicides” as well as all the arguments for those that are terminally ill.  But read her comments closely

Elderly people suffering from dementia should consider ending their lives because they are a burden on the National Health System (NHS)

Pensioners in mental decline are “wasting people’s lives” because of the care they require

There was “nothing wrong” with people being helped to die for the sake of their loved ones or society.

She hoped people will soon be “licensed to put others down” if they are unable to look after themselves.

Reading between the lines identifies her argument.  It is all about money.  The cost of health care is expensive.  In the words of Baroness Warnock, patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s are a drain on the budget, so for the sake of the families and society, “put them down.”

So my question is, “What is the worth of a human being.”  The US has already decided that, in the case of abortion, it is not worth much if the baby is “unwanted or inconvenient.”

Folks, this is the future mankind faces.  Just like abortion-on-demand, there could also be euthanasia-on-demand.  They could murder an elderly person with approval of the state.  And after all, that is what we have been doing with the un-born, should the elderly be any different?  Baroness Warnock’s’ opinion certainly has had a lot of play on the internet.  And sad to say, her opinion is gaining more attention every day in the US.

The general Christian position on “assisted suicide” is very simple.  We believe that “life and death” is in the hands of God.  It is God’s will that takes precedence over the will of man.  When man becomes involved in matters of life and death, we have seen how that turns out.  People murder people every day.  In society, human life has very little value.

God gives life and He takes life.  From the point of conception until natural death I believe that life is sacred.  According to Ascension Health, defines “sanctity of life” as man “may never intentionally interfere with continued human existence in any form for any reason.”[3]  The scriptures have many passages on the subject, but when God gave Moses the Commandments, He included “Thou Shalt Not Kill.”  And that is just as valid today as it was in Moses time.

The Christian position is. “Man cannot nor should not ever be able to make that decision.”  Instead of Roe v. Wade, I wonder what the name of the bill that will allow euthanasia be called.  Perhaps the “Final Solution?”

That is my opinion, what is yours?

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Pastor Bob Crowder

My wife, Linda, and I live in central Texas. I am a pastor, teacher, writer and blogger. We have three children and nine grand children, two great grand son's.

5 thoughts on ““Dementia = Euthanasia””

  1. Reading this is very scary–I had not heard of this lady’s comments, and to realize that this opinion is being voiced is alarming.


  2. This disturbed me a lot so I did some additional googling on her.

    Lady Warnock, who outlines her argument in an article called “A Duty to Die” to be published in a Norwegian medical journal, added: “It seems to me that we all know we are mortal, but I think now with the increasing number of old people, we have got to face the consequences of that. And I think we have been quite slow to do that with Alzheimer’s. … People talk about it as if the only respectable motive for wanting to die is for your own sake. But it seems to me just as respectable to want to die partly for the sake of others, and for the sake of society.”

    Having a friend who just found out this week that her mother has Alzheimers, I can’t even begin to imagine her wanting to end her life for the sake of society. Lady Warnock must not have anyone in her life that she would hold closer to her than the greater society. It’s all very sad.


  3. An open suggestion to Baroness Warnock: It can be argued that you are a burden to society, to the health-care system and to those around you.

    I believe you should set the example and go first.


  4. Sean – you crack me up! Outrageous is the best description. Absolutely unbelievable!! I wonder if Jack Kevorkian would take it as far as this lady?


  5. Dementia=Euthanasia-

    It is so amazing to me, the attitudes of contemporary thought
    abounding today that diametrically oppose the wisdom and
    moral posturing presented in the Word of God.
    To think that a physician would be an instrument of the State
    to euthanize the handicapped for the sake of economics is a
    thought parallel to the ideologies, rampant to the point of
    execution, darkening the pages on a history of the not so
    distant past-remember World War II?
    It is this mentality, arrogant “scientific” death speak-
    that created a foul, accursed environment of concentration
    camps and a perverted political agenda led at the helm by
    one of perdition’s very own shameful sons: Adolph Hitler!
    So much irony and hypocrisy reign when MAN strips away
    the moral authority of faith and replaces it with his
    OWN IDEAS void the concepts of spiritual accountability and
    judgement. Those ideas will always be cripple-brained and
    cold, lacking empathy and natural love; in opposition to
    Nature itself and duty bound to do evil in obedience to
    every variable coiled within the labyrinth of situation ethics.
    The way of the flesh is always down and today, good is
    called evil/evil called good; every man does that which is
    right in his own eyes, man is exalting himself to the throne
    of reason and reason alone-which really is not REASON, for
    it is God-less and wise in it’s own conceit.
    History repeats itself and man is basically unchanging.
    There is nothing new under the sun, technology goes up
    and morality goes down-it is the struggle of the Ages from
    the Tower of Babel to the mountains of the Moon under-
    scoring our real definition that Man is totally depraved
    left to himself, lost in a lost world without Christ; where
    one bad thing leads to another, always at war to the behest
    of his own circumstances out of control to sever the ugly head of civilization’s Perpetual Dragon-SIN.
    It was always interesting to me how the entertainment
    industry could produce artists whose philosophies were purely
    hedonistic yet, at the same time, somewhat spiritual to a
    degree. Though they often missed the mark by their own
    misguided passions, I will never forget the harrowing truth
    that rang out loud and clear by the lyrics of Cat Stevens in
    a simple ballad-“Where Do the Children Play?”…

    “Well you’ve cracked the sky-
    Scrapers fill the air,
    But will you keep on building higher
    Till there’s no more room up there?
    Will you make us laugh,
    Will you make us cry?
    Will you tell us when to live,
    Will you tell us when to die?”

    Sadly enough Cat, yes they will!
    But do not be dismayed, for we have read the prophecies of
    the Last Book:
    “And God shall wipe away all tears from their
    eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor
    crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former
    things are passed away.” Rev. 21: 4.

    Redeem the time.
    Monty May


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