Friday, August 28, 2009

A letter from a reader to The Australian on the abortion and euthanasia slippery-slope

Here is a strange letter published yesterday in the First Byte section (for brief, to-the-point messages) of The Australian:

Richard Congram (Letters, 26/8) states that the killing of deformed infants and the unwanted elderly are “the logical next steps” for a society which has legal abortion. He is unbothered by reality: we are spending more than ever before on neonatal and aged care and with increasing success.

John Cusack
Mt Warrigal, NSW

'Unbothered by reality'? The very quotation which Mr. Cusack supplies speaks of "the logical next steps" (my emphasis), so the present reality is not necessarily evidence against the possible future reality of which Mr. Congram warns. And ironically, it is precisely the higher "than ever before" spending on "neonatal and aged care" which Mr. Cusack mentions which threatens even more draconian anti-life provisions in the future--indeed some ghoul has already highlighted the cost-cutting potential of legalised euthanasia:

In 1994 the Economic Planning Advisory Commission discussed the rising costs of health care for the elderly, and the problem of overcrowding in hospitals. In a publication called “Australia’s Aging Society,” EPAC actually looked at the use of euthanasia as one option in the whole discussion!

Reginaldvs Cantvar
Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo, Bishop, Confessor, Doctor of the Church, A.D. 2009

1 comment:

rangoon88 said...

The way around this dilemma is to place care for the elderly back in the community with adequate supports+++. Aged care facilities should be modelled upon the disability sector ,by becomming Community housing units,with respite,palliative,dementia and frail aged care. In other words more community and primary care and not tertiary care. I work in the health and community services area ,and the disability model of deinstitutionalisation works 98% of the time. You know why we have large aged care facilities -$$$$
oh yes ms Arnot i was also a midwife and operating theatre nurse ,and saw abortions first hand. I saw the women with a history of abortion,when trying to hhave babies,have habitual miscarriages-why?? the damage done by the abortions.
As for Mr cusack,perhaps he could lead the way and go over the slope first! No ? But i hear the tramp of jackboots,except they are beign worn by health economists and Singerites.