Michael Egnor: Stop making killing a form of healing


Recently, neurosurgeon Michael Egnor pleaded with fellow physicians to take a firmer stance on the rapid normalization of murder as a form of ‘cure’ in our society:

The medical profession must take a clear stand on this issue: Doctors who kill deliberately – whether by abortion, medically assisted suicide or euthanasia – are not practicing medicine when they kill. Medical practice always involves the maintenance of health, the treatment of disease, and the alleviation of suffering. Ending the life of a patient or the child in its mother’s womb is neither the maintenance of health, nor the cure of disease, nor the alleviation of any suffering. It is simply the murder of an unwanted innocent child.

I am a realist, of course, and I realize that in our current political and moral environment, the practice of abortion will continue to be widely sanctioned by the medical profession. Abortion is generally sanctioned in the United States, physician-assisted suicide is increasingly accepted in many countries and is permitted in several states, and euthanasia has been accepted in many countries and will no doubt be. accepted in the United States. Their acceptance as a medical practice is a serious development and reflects the shame on our culture and particularly the shame on the medical profession.

If abortion, assisted suicide and euthanasia are to be sanctioned in our rapidly degenerating culture, I call on the medical profession to wash their hands of any type of deliberate murder. If the American people insist on abortion, assisted suicide and euthanasia, doctors as healers should refuse to play a role.

Michael Egnor, “Are abortion, physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia a “medical practice”?” at Evolution news and science today (May 24, 2021)

In a relatively short period of time, there has been a complete reversal of values ​​in our culture on these topics. For example,

● “Limit of human embryos cultured in the laboratory through stem cell bodies ”The International Society for Stem Cell Research has relaxed the famous 14-day rule on growing human embryos in its latest research guidelines. Embryonic humans who were once “arrested” after 14 days can now be kept alive indefinitely, with no clear point where they acquire the official status of “human”. There is a reluctance to adopt new rules about how long they can be kept alive artificially.

● Country like Canada and organizations like the world medical association are slowly removing the right of healthcare professionals to refuse to perform abortion or euthanasia. It is believed that such practitioners, by following their conscience, violate the rights of those who want the various termination services. In Canada, defenders have floated euthanasia for children also, with or without parental participation.

● As anti-euthanasia laws are relaxed in many jurisdictions, organ harvesting from euthanized people is gaining ground, creating significant potential for conflicts of interest. In Canada, for example, euthanasia will soon be authorized for mental health reasons as the sole motive, creating a large potential market for organs from younger, healthier individuals. – “Today, organ harvesting after euthanasia has become so standardized within the medical intelligentsia that an American Medical Association publication, JAMA Surgery, had a letter of debate – not on whether to kill and reap, but on whether the murder should start at home or in the hospital. “ … Also, in Onatario, Canada, the organ donation company is notified in advance by the doctors of a planned euthanasia, and the representatives call the patient / family to request their organs! – National review (May 26, 2021)

● At one point, scientists defended themselves against the accusation of “playing God”. Now, in a world where standards are slackening, slowly or quickly, some are enthusiastic about the idea. One promoter explains, “’Biology is imperfect,” she says. “Let’s do better.” His position, in short, is that biology is not well designed and that, if the opportunity arises, scientists can and should ultimately “intelligently design” life. “- Evolution news and science today (May 17, 2021)

Interestingly, in the 1980s those who feared such results were ridiculed. The results proved not only possible but widely accepted, especially among the social elite. But even when the elites begin to falter in the face of distressing results, the strength of their past decisions is hard to counter. Former Dutch advocate for euthanasia Theo DeBoer written, for example,

In 1972 my own (Protestant) church was the first in the world to support it. However, looking back, many regret supporting the law, including me. Since 2006, the numbers have continued to increase. Last year, 7,000 people were euthanized and, in some neighborhoods, one in five deaths is preceded by euthanasia. Is this the “last resort” we once advocated?

Theo Boer, “Assisted dying and euthanasia” at The Irish Times (May 19, 2021)

Boer asks readers not to “romanticize” the Dutch “experience”. But that doesn’t matter anymore. In Canada, where experience is advancing rapidly, health care providers will be expected to kill or perhaps simply leave the profession.

When a company’s values ​​start to change drastically, there is no time that change stops on its own.

You can also read: An abortion lawyer admits in a medical journal that unborn children feel pain. The scientific community has, for decades, distorted the simple science of conception and fetal development for ideological reasons. (Michael Egnor)


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