Or, ’shooting fish in a barrel’, as Dr. Mark Mostert so aptly but wincingly puts it. About that Dutch story in the post below, he elaborates:

“Media in the Netherlands reports that there was an increase in the
number of people euthanized in 2009 – including people in the early
stages of dementia. No surprise there, but I think it’s instructive to
look at what is reported, and the subtle subtexts that are nevertheless
coercive in slanting a favorable impression of medicalized killing…

“First, the obvious is reported, that there were more 200 more cases
of euthanasia in the Netherlands last year than 2008, where the killing
total was 2,500.


It is not known how many cases of mercy killing there actually
are in the Netherlands, but in 2007 experts said around 80% of
instances are registered with the monitoring body.

“Well, mercy for whom, exactly? What exactly is the nature of this
“mercy?” How can we be assured that the “mercy’ is not for those left
behind who found the patient too much of a burden? What about the
survivors benefitting from such “mercy” as they inherit goodies from
the person they coaxed to assume a duty to die? No way to tell, of

“Merciful” because people are in unbearable pain and suffering? Not
exactly, because many people who are euthanized are not in pain, and
because, in the Netherlands, you can request euthanasia for just about
any reason at all, pain or no pain.

“Also, after all the fanfare in the Netherlands about making
euthanasia legal so that it could be officially controlled, what do we
find? Well, it’s not controllable.

“Remember, too, that the registering “monitoring body” (sounds so
nice, certain, and transparent) is a review panel that examines the
circumstances of the killing AFTER it has occurred.

“Now, here’s the next snippet that contradicts the whole pain-and-suffering angle:

“There were also six registered cases of euthanasia on elderly
patients with senile dementia, all of whom were in the early stages and
able to make their wishes known.

“Ah, I see. Where to begin?”

For one, by becoming familiar with good information like that on Dr. Mostert’s blog, the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation, International Task Force, Wesley J. Smith’s blog, and BioEdge, just for starters…

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....