If you want an overview for how some people view ‘religion,’ euthanasia, disability and health care in the United States, the eight essays associated with the New York Times ‘Room for Debate’ series Why Do Americans Balk at Euthanasia Laws is a quick and telling read.
To be fair, none of the writers was given much room to explain their positions. But the hostility to those of us who hold a theistic worldview is pretty clear.
We see the world so differently. We understand the value of human life so differently.
And I just can’t let one of the writers off the hook, even with the lack of space she was given for her editorial.
Dr. Petra da Jong, a proponent of assisted suicide wrote:
In the Netherlands, euthanasia and assisted suicide have been regulated by law since 2002. Euthanasia has been openly debated since the 1970s, by doctors, patients, attorneys, judges and politicians. This has been a decades-long process. Slowly, the legal system here became more lenient toward doctors performing euthanasia on humanitarian grounds, as requested by the patients.
She entirely neglected that in 2004 The Groningen Protocol was approved to protect doctors who euthanize infants with disabilities. Those children most certainly never requested that their caretakers kill them.