Skip to comments.Not So Golden State Decriminalizes Euthanasia
Posted on 01/27/2013 3:13:36 PM PST by CHRISTIAN DIARIST
Jack Koency, an 86-year-old California man, was one of nearly 1.5 million surviving World War II veterans. He was neither terminally ill, nor bedridden, nor immobile. His neighbors remember him as quiet and good natured.
Koency died at the hands of Elizabeth Barrett, an acquaintance of his. She served the decorated war vet a cup of yogurt in which she ground up a lethal dose of Oxcontin with two other medications.
Barrett, a social worker, pled guilty a fortnight ago to so-called assisted suicide. She could have received up to three years in state prison for her role in Koencys premature death. But, instead, she got off with a mere three years probation.
What has occurred in California Babylon on the Pacific is the de facto decriminalization of mercy killing; of hastening the deaths of those who feel their lives no longer worth living.
What particularly troubles in the case of California, from whence many unholy trends have originated over the years, is that the state actually has rejected euthanasia on three separate occasions.
In 1992, voters in the Golden State rejected a ballot proposition that would have allowed the suicidal who were confirmed both terminally ill and mentally competent to have a physician administer them drugs that would send them to their graves.
In 1999, and again in 2007, lawmakers in Californias state capital considered legislation to legalize physician-assisted suicide, but failed in both cases to advance the unGodly legislation beyond the committee level.
Now, in 2013 California, one neednt be a trained physician, neednt ascertain that a candidate for assisted suicide is both terminally ill and mentally competent, to take a life.
Any old social worker can do it. And her (or his) victim, as the case may be, can have many years remaining before they meet their Maker; can be suffering from depression or some other mental issue.
Pro-life Californians who oppose assisted suicide be it at the hands of an M.D. or a death-dealing social worker will find no recourse in the courts out West.
Indeed, back in 1996, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, which has judicial authority over the nine Western states (including California), ruled that terminally ill patients have the constitutional right to ask a doctor to euthanize them.
The majority decision was authored by Judge Stephen Reinhardt, who dared to offer a Biblical defense of suicide.
The stories of four suicides are noted in the Old Testament Samson, Saul, Abimilech and Achitopel and none is treated as an act worthy of censure, wrote Reinhardt.In the New Testament, the suicide of Judas Iscariot is not treated as a further sin, but as an act of repentance.
Those of us who believe in the sanctity of life from pre-birth to natural death are not misled by Reinhardts misuse of the Bible. We know suicide is wrong. And we know assisted suicide is murder.
at a loss for words on this.
Perhaps frivolous, but IMO the woman as a Social Worker is one of them, a member of the club. Few Social Worker’s are in my observance of Conservative ilk. The Leftist Judge in no way would be inclined to severely punish her for her actions IMO.
My cynical opinion.
Do you want to weigh in on this?
Judas’ suicide an act of repentance?
More like an act of total despair.
What a strange interpretation.
Once Obamacare kick in fully, no one will ever live to 86. Of course, the ‘Rat-parasite majority will want to euthanize the successful and those that value freedom.
That whole state is going the way of the three ring circus that is the Golden State Warriors.
Besides the Education majors sociology majors were the dumbest of our fellow students.
This woman committed a crime... murder.
He said the ethical principle should be: "Attack the disease. Attack the symptoms. But never attack the patient."
This "Social Worker" "friend" attacked the patient, in obvious violation of the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. (And I'm sure this was in violation of the Constitution of California as well.) To put it plainly, she put him down like a dog.
She should do time: she committed a crime.
I wish I had something to ad worth posting. But this is just simple homicide. The Post-Christian decline is accelerating and our culture is twirling around the toilet bowl.
By the way the radical Libertarians will praise this development in the name of radical personal autonomy/freedom.
I fully expect to see Divine judgment on both the east coast and the west coast in the not distant future. How long can/will The Lord tolerate the evil of men?
This woman committed a crime... murder.
Correct, and as a liberal Social Services individual she probably projected her own perspectives onto the old fellow, as his neighbors reported he was quite fine in their recollection.
The Left is wholly engulfed with the evils of mankind, and the necessity to rid the planet of as much of their perceived evils as they can for the planet to survive.
They project upon those of us on the right, the conservatives that which is truly who, and what they are.
Yes, there will even be some FReepers who applaud this development. I wonder how long it will be before one of them posts on this thread, acknowledging said personal freedom.
One word will suffice: murder
That place is long overdue for a Magnitude 10....
where did she get the oxycodone? It’s a scheduled drug, requiring a prescription. As for the dosage needed to kill: It can be quite large, especially for someone who drinks a lot or takes other medicines.
The usual oxycodone that is schedule 3 and easier to get is mixed with other medicines. The stronger types have to be ground up or extracted to get the pure drug, and are schedule 2.
The reason so many jumkies overdose is that they don’t take the regular ones: They have to grind up the long acting capsules or extract it from the patches to use. That means the dosage is uncertain.
The culture of death is because the person is a “useless eater” and costs the government money. They keep pushing that idea, and soon you get depressed folks killing themselves so not to burden their families, not because they actually want to die per se.
Has this clown even read the Old Testament? King David summarily executed the man who assisted Saul in his suicide.
I pray my family and I are ready when this happens.
How do we know from the article that he was a participant in his “suicide”?