Michael Shannon, 10/14/2015 [Archive]

Another Leftist Issue Where 'Choice' Results in Death

By Michael Shannon

Once it wouldn't have taken much persuading to get me to attend Burning Man, the leftist sex and drugs debouch in the desert, but I'm going to pass on the newer, more intimate, celebration — the assisted—suicide house party that's all the rage in Maryland.

I wouldn't want to be mistaken for a volunteer.

A group of grinning ghouls by the name of "Compassion & Choices" is behind the push to make suicide just another government—approved activity like recycling. A healthy—looking Donna Smith told the Washington Post passage of California's assisted—suicide bill "has made us even more motivated to make sure Marylanders have the same options."

Guests at these festive house parties are treated to "coffee and doughnuts" (evidently attendees are past the point of worrying about their weight) and the latest in "health—care options" for the "severely injured [or] terminally ill." This sounds suspiciously like the "reproductive health care" options the abortionists at Planned Parenthood offer patients who don't plan on actually reproducing.

Once you get past the Orwellian euphemisms, the striking element is it's another leftist issue where "choice" results in death. A "woman's choice" at the abortion mill means the baby's dead and at the house party it means granny's dead.

The parties are quite successful, regardless of subject matter. The Post reports last year "Compassion & Choices" had six volunteers. Now it has more than 10,000 names, but no word on if any of the original six are still among the living.

Ten thousand — if it's true — is an impressive number, particularly when one notes the assisted—suicide cult's membership problems are similar to that faced by the homosexual community. Lacking traditional methods of producing new members, alternative lifestyle aficionados must recruit from the outside. Similarly, turnover among "Compassion & Choices" advocates means they won't be brewing coffee and paying dues in the future, hence the PR blitz.

The right—to—help—someone—die bill's sponsor in Maryland is a trend—surfing delegate named Shane Pendergrass, "I think that this is a national wave... The more discussion...the more we think about it, and the more chance there is for more lawmakers to realize that it is good to give people an option to be able to control the last six months of their life."

No need for conservatives to get their hopes up. By "control" Shane doesn't mean freedom from taxes, no smoking ordinances and gun—free zones. He is, after all, a Democrat.

Dr. Shane's bill specifies "a patient who is certified to be mentally competent and whose survival is forecast to be no more than six months would be eligible for a prescription to obtain lethal drugs..."

So who makes the "forecast?" I can't get my doctors to agree on the best way to treat toenail fungus, much less give me a hard count on how much longer I have to live. Plus there's that knotty Hippocratic oath doctors take that posits, "First, do no harm." Alternatively, since Planned Parenthood's involuntary baby parts donor business has suffered setbacks, maybe its "clinics" could install drive—thru windows for those "clumps of cells" old enough to be motorists.

After all, what's one more "choice" to a business that deals in death?

All the happy talk about the joys of assisted—suicide avoids discussing the mission creep experienced by the Netherlands' euthanasia industry. It's not all cheerful cancer patients who don't want to be bald and dead or elderly parents weary of requests to change the will.

The Daily Mail finds death categories have undergone an "incremental extension." As Dr. Peter Saunders observed, "The lessons are clear. Once you relax the law on euthanasia or assisted suicide steady extension will follow as night follows day."

In just seven years deaths have risen 151 percent and now dementia patients are being "assisted."

The left's flexibility on assisted—suicide drugs is in marked contrast to the extremely high standard set for pharmaceuticals to be used in an assisted lethal injection. The innocent, but ill, could overdose on aspirin if the nurse could find a funnel large enough, but a murderer is such a delicate and precious life that so far a worldwide search hasn't been able to turn up a drug worthy of capital punishment.

Fortunately, there may be a few bumps on the road to the graveyard. The Washington Examiner discovered Del. Frank Conaway is sponsoring a bill that would require home sellers to inform potential buyers "if somebody had... committed suicide in a house that's for sale."

That could certainly serve to put a damper on the popularity of "Compassion & Choices" house parties, at least for relatives who planned to put the residence on the market after a decent interval.

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©Copyright 2015 Michael Shannon, distributed by Cagle Cartoons newspaper syndicate.

Michael Shannon is a commentator and public relations consultant, and is the author of "A Conservative Christian's Guidebook for Living in Secular Times." He can be reached at mandate.mmpr@gmail.com.

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