Get­ting down with death

The Washington Times Weekly - - Off The Tracks -

What de­ci­sion should ev­ery re­spon­si­ble young per­son al­ways be pre­pared for in th­ese mod­ern times? Ter­mi­nat­ing life sup­port, of course:

A city in the United King­dom has started pro­mot­ing “right-todie” cards for its young, healthy res­i­dents, earn­ing the con­dem­na­tion of pro-life or­ga­ni­za­tions who have called it a “move to­wards le­gal sui­cide.”

The plan in Sal­ford, near Swin­ton, has been out­lined in a re­port in the Sal­ford Ad­ver­tiser, which de­scribed the pro­gram as “con­tro­ver­sial.”

The re­port said cards des­ig­nat­ing a per­son's “Ad­vanced De­ci­sion to Refuse Treat­ment” al­ready had been avail­able for peo­ple suf­fer­ing from ter­mi­nal health prob­lems.

But now, “in the first scheme of its kind in the UK,” the cards are be­ing made avail­able to the young and the healthy, in fact, any­one.[. . . ]

“It's mov­ing to­wards your le­gal right to sui­cide which is some­thing that used to be com­pletely il­le­gal,” Josephine Quin­tavalle, a found­ing mem­ber of the Pro-Life Al­liance, told the news­pa­per.

“It's quite sin­is­ter that peo­ple are be­ing en­cour­aged to make th­ese de­ci­sions now and carry th­ese cards choos­ing the right to die,” she said. [. . . ]

The card, which a per­son must carry with them, in­structs that in case of an ac­ci­dent or life-threat­en­ing emer­gency, no treat­ment should be used to sus­tain life. [. . . ]

[So we’ve come all the way then, leav­ing be­hind the com­mon prac­tice of de­vout Chris­tians from days past who car­ried cards that read, “In case of emer­gency call priest” and re­plac­ing it with a handy, “in­no­va­tive” way to has­ten one’s demise. As the pro-life ad­vo­cate put it]:

“It's quite sad to think that you can now carry cards stat­ing your right to die,” said Quin­tavalle.

— “ ‘Right-to-die’ cards for the healthy,” posted May 9 at world­net­daily at

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