Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Spina Bifida as a Death Sentence: Holland Ushers in New Horrors.

Years ago at Queens University I had a friend called Jane. She was a lovely soul who, among other good deeds, used to work at a camp for handicapped youngsters. She once told me of a little girl, one of the group she looked after, who was confined to a wheelchair and who had a surprisingly perky and upbeat manner.

One day this little girl, full of fun and actively involved in all that was going on, looked up at Jane and piped up: “You know Jane; it’s FUN having Spina Bifida!” My friend, somewhat amazed that this debilitating condition could be the grounds for rejoicing in any way asked: “Why is that Tracey?” and the little girl answered: “I don’t know, just because.”

This little moment in time, captured over twenty years ago, came back to me on reading the latest account of “developments” (one cannot say “progress”) in Holland. You can read about it here: http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/mar/06030601.html

Within a few weeks it will be completely legal to kill Tracey and any like her. Spina Bifida, a terrible condition to be sure, in which the spine is not properly formed often leading to serious debilitating handicap will now be, not only a disadvantage that can be worked with, but, most likely, a death sentence, especially if one has the misfortune to be conceived in Holland.

Good old Holland! Land of salted licorice, open drug use, red light districts, tulips, euthanasia, and now infanticide! A new meaning to the term “low countries” and a new reason to see how the issues are inter-related. Kill the elderly out of a false sense of “compassion” and soon you will be killing the handicapped. It has been said by “pro-life” people for decades and denied by those on the other side.

To understand what Holland is about to do, it is useful to review the facts about Spina Bifida and ask oneself how this is different from many other handicaps. The answer is: it isn't. Just watch what malformations and deformations are added to the list in the months and years ahead. Once things start sliding on the slippery slope, they soon pick up speed. To learn about Spina Bifida, look here: http://www.nichcy.org/pubs/factshe/fs12txt.htm."

Wonder what those “there is no such thing as the slippery-slope” folks are saying now?

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