I came across an October 10, 1933 article titled “Nazi Plan to Kill Incurables to End Pain; German Religious Groups Oppose Move” published in The New York Times. The NYT reported:
The Ministry of Justice … explaining the Nazi aims regarding the German penal code, today announced its intentions to authorize physicians to end the sufferings of the incurable patient … in the interest of true humanity …”
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum describes the “Murder of the Handicapped” program in Nazi Germany known as T-4:
Wartime, Adolf Hitler suggested, “was the best time for the elimination of the incurably ill.”Many Germans did not want to be reminded of individuals who did not measure up to their concept of a “master race.”The physically and mentally handicapped were viewed as “useless” to society, a threat to Aryan genetic purity, and, ultimately, unworthy of life. At the beginning of World War II, individuals who were mentally retarded, physically handicapped, or mentally ill were targeted for murder in what the Nazis called the “T-4,” or “euthanasia,” program.
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Despite public protests in 1941, the Nazi leadership continued this program in secret throughout the war. About 200,000 handicapped people were murdered between 1940 and 1945.
The T-4 program became the model for the mass murder of Jews, Roma (Gypsies), and others in camps equipped with gas chambers that the Nazis would open in 1941 and 1942. The program also served as a training ground for SS members who manned these camps. [Emphasis added]
Where did the idea of Euthanasia come from?
According to Encyclopedia.com:
A few proposals to legalize euthanasia were made in the United States and Germany during the latter portion of the nineteenth century. However, it was not until after World War I that euthanasia advocacy began in earnest. In 1920, two highly respected German academics, Karl Binding, a law professor, and Alfred Hoche, a physician, wrote Permission to Destroy Life Unworthy of Life, which advocated euthanasia as a compassionate “healing treatment.” The authors argued that mercy killing should be permitted for three categories of patients upon request of competent patients or the families of the incompetent: the terminally ill or mortally wounded, people who were unconscious, and disabled people—particularly those with cognitive impairments. The book, which may have coined the term “right to die,” also promoted euthanasia of cognitively disabled people as a way of saving societal resources. [Emphasis added]
Fast forward to today.
There are two euthanasia programs that are legal in the United States of America.
The first was the January 22nd, 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the case of Roe v. Wade which legalized abortion. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum noted that under the Nazi T-4 program, “Handicapped infants and small children were also killed by injection with a deadly dose of drugs or by starvation. The bodies of the victims were burned in large ovens called crematoria.” In the United States the unborn and born after a failed abortion are killed by doctors using similar procedures and their body parts sold to the highest bidder.
The second and more recent phenomenon is the passage of legalization legalizing physician assisted death or PAD in six states and the District of Columbia.
According to Euthanasia.ProCon.org there are six states and the District of Columbia, the seat of the federal government, that have legalized physician assisted death.
|Six States with Legal Physician-Assisted Suicide|
|State||Date Passed||How Passed (Yes Vote)||Residency Required?||Minimum Age||# of Months Until Expected Death||# of Requests to Physician|
|1. California||Sep. 11, 2015||ABX2-15 End of Life Option Act||Yes||18||Six or less||Two oral (at least 15 days apart) and one written|
|2. Colorado||Nov. 8, 2016||Proposition 106, End of Life Options Act (65%)||Yes||18||Six or less||Two oral (at least 15 days apart) and one written|
|3. DC||Oct. 5, 2016||B21-0038 Death with Dignity Act of 2016 (3-2)||Yes||18||Six or less||Two oral (at least 15 days apart) and one written|
|4. Montana||Dec. 31, 2009||Montana Supreme Court in Baxter v. Montana (5-4)||Yes||*||*||*|
|5. Oregon||Nov. 8, 1994||
Ballot Measure 16 (51%)
Six or less
|Two oral (at least 15 days apart) and one written|
|6. Vermont||May 20, 2013||Act 39 (Bill S.77 “End of Life Choices”)||Yes||18||Six or less||Two oral (at least 15 days apart) and one written|
|7. Washington||Nov. 4, 2008||
Initiative 1000 (58%)
Six or less
|Two oral (at least 15 days apart) and one written|
QUESTION: How is euthanasia different from Physician Assisted Death? ANSWER: It’s not.
In June, 2017 CNN stated as “fact“:
Physician-assisted suicide differs from euthanasia, which is defined as the act of assisting people with their death in order to end their suffering, but without the backing of a controlling legal authority.
Euthanasia is defined by Merriam-Webster as:
The act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (such as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy.
What is being done today in six states and the District of Columbia is no different than what was done in Nazi Germany. These six states and the District of Columbia have done what Nazi Germany did, legalize the killing of the infirm (euthanasia). The only difference is the industrial scale of those euthanized.
ISideWith.com asked Democrats the question “Should terminally ill patients be allowed to end their lives via assisted suicide?” The results showed that 88% of Democrats polled supported PAD. Google on April 20th, 2016 reported:
Paradoxically, none of the 2016 Republican Presidential frontrunners have taken an official position on the issue. While, the Democratic Platform is silent on euthanasia and assisted suicide, the front runners for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination are both pro-euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide.
It is also interesting that the District of Columbia and five of the six states that have legalized PAD were won by Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Presidential election.
Will we end up living in a society where life is so cheap that nobody cares that large numbers of human beings are dying? Are we already there?