…because the former still sometimes finds the latter.
Today’s edition comes the UK Catholic Herald, which reports that Europe, who has been breeding herself out of existence (or rather, aborting and contracepting herself out of existence) and suffering from a cultural depression since World War I, might be waking up just a little.
The Council of Europe—a body that I admittedly have no idea how it interacts with the several sovereign nations or with the European parliament—ruled that euthanasia ought to be illegal in all European countries.
The amendment said that “euthanasia, in the sense of the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit must always be prohibited”.
Among those fighting for the amendment was British member Edward Leigh, the Tory MP for Gainsborough and a Catholic.
He referred to the case of Kerrie Wooltorton, a 26-year-old from Norwich who died in 2009 by poisoning after her living will prevented doctors from resuscitating her.
He said: “Can my fellow delegates here in Strasbourg imagine how they would feel if they received a phone call informing them that one of their children had drunk poison and that ambulance and hospital staff who had everything necessary to save the child’s life stood by not helping instead as the child lay dying?
“That is a situation that advanced directives or living wills allow,” Mr Leigh said. “This is not alarmist talk – this is the historic fact, the track record.”
The opposition, of course, said that among human rights is the right to decide how one will die. Nihilism as a human right. That sounds more like the sterilized dying Europe we’ve all come to know.
Let’s hope those fatalistic ideas die faster than Europe does.
Of course, I say all of this knowing full well that the U.S. is not too far behind Europe in our cultural embrace of death, contracepting and aborting at practically the same rate. Hopefully we’ll have enough leaders who will make a stand for life before it’s too late.