LIFE ISSUES: “Passive” Euthanasia (Part 1)

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“Passive” euthanasia is withholding necessary medical treatment — sometimes even food — from patients who need it, rather than injecting them with poison to end their lives like typical euthanasia. This type of euthanasia is slower and often more painful than a lethal injection, and it’s equally deadly.  

An infamous example is the case of “Baby Doe.” In 1982, Baby Doe was born with a birth defect of the trachea and esophagus — serious, but very treatable. However, because Baby Doe was also born with Downs Syndrome, the parents insisted the hospital staff let the baby die. Despite outside efforts to prevent this, the hospital staff withheld not only the needed surgery but also food from Baby Doe, allowing the infant to starve to death — a heartbreaking tragedy. 

You see, God values all humans, despite disabilities. He has created them and has a purpose for their lives.

And what about Terri Schiavo’s case? We’ll discuss that another time.

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Carl Kerby is the founder of Reasons for Hope and co-creator of the DeBunked apologetic video series. His radio feature, Fast Facts, is heard weekly on VCY America, Saturdays at 9:25 AM Central.

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