Judie Brown
Euthanasia movement sells assisted suicide to the depressed!
By Judie Brown
December 6, 2016

As Christmas draws closer, let us remember those who are hurting. We are called to be their champions, not their executioners.

With all the fluff and noise about the elections, two reports came to my attention recently that may have missed your roving review of the news.

We have learned that in the Netherlands the government will kill you at your request, even if what you're suffering from is alcoholism or depression. One report reveals that "More than 5,500 individuals were euthanized under the euthanasia laws of the Netherlands last year, including a man who considered himself a hopeless alcoholic and another who suffered from chronic depression after having been a victim of sex abuse."

So what's it to Americans if another nation's government has sanctioned this sort of erratic acceptance of imposed killing? The answer is that healthcare in the Netherlands is a function of government programs and everyone is required to have it! The Netherlands is a much smaller nation, and of course the Dutch healthcare system has drawbacks, but let the patient beware. What happens in the Netherlands does not have to stay there.

We then see the case of a 29-year-old anorexic woman who lives in New Jersey and who is seeking death via assisted suicide because she is "battling depression and alcoholism" and no longer wants to live.

A judge has ruled that she cannot be fed against her wishes. In his ruling, the judge said that "A.G. [the woman who wishes to die] expressed an unequivocal desire to accept palliative care as suggested by her treating physician and the bioethics committee at Morristown Medical Center. This decision was made by A.G. with a clear understanding that death was or could be the possible outcome."

In other words, palliative care is to be used to keep her comfortable until she is dead. Astute pro-life leaders like Julie Grimstad warned us of this years ago, saying: "The foremost concern is that palliative care will become yet another tool in right-to-die's imposed death toolkit." I would add that such cases pinpoint the tragic situation that exists when those who are struggling with mental or physical illness become despondent and the professionals respond with callous disregard for a life that is truly worthy of living, not dying.

Whatever happened to genuine compassion – the type that affirms life unselfishly and with commitment to be by someone's side during both the sad and the happy days?

St. John Paul II reminded us of this, calling us to be Good Samaritans, when he wrote:
    The name "Good Samaritan" fits every individual who is sensitive to the sufferings of others, who "is moved" by the misfortune of another. If Christ, who knows the interior of man, emphasizes this compassion, this means that it is important for our whole attitude to others' suffering. Therefore one must cultivate this sensitivity of heart, which bears witness to compassion towards a suffering person. Sometimes this compassion remains the only or principal expression of our love for and solidarity with the sufferer.
To choose this path instead of the chilling way of those who prefer death to life is to bring comfort and joy to someone who might otherwise in his loneliness or despair choose euthanasia by any name, including palliative care.

Our task is not to shoo people out of life but to unconditionally love them until God calls them home.

Combat the evil with truth! Join American Life League in defiance of the culture of our day – this culture of death. Through your actions and words, become a part of our movement to build a culture of life. Pray, be informed, and educate others.

For pro-life information, go to all.org.

For pro-life educational tools, visit cultureoflifestudies.com.

To see documented proof of Planned Parenthood's debauchery and to learn ways to stop its spread, go to stopp.org.

To join with youth outreach for a pro-life generation, go to lifedefender.org.

© Judie Brown


The views expressed by RenewAmerica columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of RenewAmerica or its affiliates.
(See RenewAmerica's publishing standards.)

Click to enlarge

Judie Brown

Judie Brown is president and co-founder of American Life League, the nation's largest grassroots pro-life educational organization... (more)


Receive future articles by Judie Brown: Click here

More by this author


Stephen Stone
HAPPY EASTER: A message to all who love our country and want to help save it

Stephen Stone
The most egregious lies Evan McMullin and the media have told about Sen. Mike Lee

Siena Hoefling
Protect the Children: Update with VIDEO

Stephen Stone
FLASHBACK to 2020: Dems' fake claim that Trump and Utah congressional hopeful Burgess Owens want 'renewed nuclear testing' blows up when examined

Pete Riehm
Gloom and grift versus good and great

Cliff Kincaid
Honor victims of the U.S. government on Memorial Day

Linda Goudsmit
CHAPTER 20: In their own words: The sexual revolution begins in Kindergarten

Jim Wagner
Islam for Dhimmis—Part I

Rev. Mark H. Creech
Repeating history: Medicinal whiskey’s echoes in medical marijuana policy

Randy Engel
A documentary: Opus Dei and the Knights of Columbus – The anatomy of a takeover bid, Part VI

Jerry Newcombe
Electoral College dropout?

Curtis Dahlgren
The "Hand of History" writes its own reply to arrogance

Pete Riehm
Our fallen fought not just for freedom but truth

Linda Kimball
Christendom and Protestant America’s apostasy into paganism: A timeline

Jim Wagner
Why the Left loves Allah

Randy Engel
A Documentary: Opus Dei and the Knights of Columbus – The anatomy of a takeover bid, Part V
  More columns


Click for full cartoon
More cartoons


Matt C. Abbott
Chris Adamo
Russ J. Alan
Bonnie Alba
Chuck Baldwin
Kevin J. Banet
J. Matt Barber
Fr. Tom Bartolomeo
. . .
[See more]

Sister sites