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The Point: The Corruption of Euthanasia


John Stonestreet

How much more evidence do we need? For the Colson Center, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

“Euthanasia corrupts everything it touches.” So writes Wesley J. Smith at National Review. And he’s absolutely right.

The latest in this chapter of our culture of death comes from Belgium. There, Smith reports, palliative care doctors and nurses are quitting. Why?

Well, Smith paints this scenario: You go into the field of palliative care because “you have a special place in your heart for the dying.” “But then,” Smith continues, “your country decides you should also become killers of the patients you want to succor. If you refuse, you face public criticism, the prospect of being sued, and perhaps one day, professional censure.”

As one Belgian oncologist put it, “palliative care units are … at risk of becoming ‘houses of euthanasia’, which is the opposite of what they were meant to be.” So more and more palliative care nurses and doctors are quitting.

How many times do we have to repeat it: The “right to die” will eventually become “the duty to die.” And that’s not just true in Belgium.


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