Suicide assisted bill in California

Suicide assisted bill in California
Question from Nick on 6/4/2008:

Dear Father, A bill was passed, but just barely, by the California legislature allows doctors doctors and nurses to suggest death by unconscious dehydration. This literally means total sedation without nutrition and hydration for depressed and confused patients, whether or not their natural death was imminent. Meaning that family members would be allowed to order the death of a mentally disabled person when a nurse opines they have less than a year to live. That's the way Terry Schiavo died.

Bills like this really scare me because there will be little protection some of these victims will have now. This will be used as a tool for criminals, but, they will be able to get away with it. We must pray very hard that God be merciful, and that He continues to call sinners back to Him. But there's quite of few so-called Catholics who think that Church's ardent desire to preserve one's life is comparable to that of the Jehova's witnesses. That's stupid if you ask me.

The law explicitly permits doctors and nurses to play on the emotions and impaired faculties of the terminally ill and coerce them into to choosing suicide. It is sad that these type of bills will pass all around our country. This, along with abortion are really the sickest part of our culture. I guarantee you that it will be abused. Mark my words, I have no ounce of doubt about it. It is a step in the wrong direction. The advocates of this bill are essentially giving us the message that some lives are not a life worth living.

In the case of Terry Schiavo her family wanted to take care of her. Would it have been so hard for her husband to let them do that? Makes me wonder somethings. They loved her. He "moved on."

The goal of the culture of death slowly change the culture. Eventually, these things won't be looked upon as bad but as good. The devil used that same trick on Adam and Eve. It's a cycle, and it will repeat itself until people wake up and realize what's going on. Eventually, it could lead to euthanasia against the will of the person- if the person is judged unfit to make decisions for themselves. That could include children, the elderly, the disabled, the mentally ill (it is just as easy to put a "condition" in the DSM-IV- the manual of Psychological disorders- as it is to take one out, which they have done recently with things like homosexuality and transgenderism).

I believe it was Winston Churchill who once said: "those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it". Now some will accuse me here of fear mongering and will tell me "this is not euthanasia, voluntaryy, involuntary, or non-voluntary. This is physician assisted suicide. The patient must pass very stringent guideliness to be able to end his or her own life."

But I think, Father Levis, that these people are only trying to convince themselves. Amazing how cafeteria Catholics can support the killing of innocent people. I've got a message for these Godless liberals:

You cannot support actions which are in direct contradiction to these teachings and still consider yourself to be a Catholic in good standing with the Church. If you don't accept the teachings of the church, then you are something other than "Catholic".

Answer by Fr. Robert J. Levis on 6/11/2008:

Dear Nick, Leave it to California!!!!!! Anyway you read this new ordinance, it smells of euthanasia, voluntary acceptance of death. In a few years, maybe sooner, it will morph into voluntary euthanasia, voluntary on the part of the family more interested in ridding itself of all the concerns of care for the sick. Saving money too!!!!!! Leave it to California leading the way. This should sound the alarm to all the elderly, speak up and speak out, we are now only using up oxygen and taking it away from children!!!!!!Nick, many thanks.Fr. Bob Levis

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