“Palliative care given in very high doses represents a quicker way to end a life deemed without quality or purpose…” By Judie Brown May 7, 2019 https://www.all.org/2019/05
Palliative care was originally understood to be the practice of offering relief and comfort to a suffering or dying patient. Today “one is well-advised to be skeptical of a referral to palliative care” http://www.lifeissues.net/writers/whi/whi_03palliativecarepatients.html Lone Whitlock
Why? Because in essence, it has become just another weapon in the toolbox of those whose goal it is to excuse the very ill from life.
Current examples help us see the many twists and turns that have taken place over the years when it comes to treating the chronically ill and the dying.
Just recently it was reported that Doctors are performing a procedure called “death by donation,” which means that organs are harvested from a living patient, thus rendering him dead.
When a doctor removes a vital organ … the patient dies. This is one way to eliminate the pain he is experiencing. Killing is the definitive pain killer.
And here is where we, perhaps the future sick patient, and/or the future anxious worrying family come in:
Texas has a bill up for consideration which we, by informing our Senators of its’ existence, can draw their attention to it. Would you like to see this bill introduced in your own state? I would.
In the state of Texas, pro-life Senate Bill 2089 SB2089 is up for consideration right now. This proposal would undo the negative effects of the Texas Advance Directive Act. https://kassiblog.blogspot.com/2019/ TADA violates the personal liberties of conscience among those who do not ascribe to euthanasia practices. How? In this way:
The 10 Day Law in Texas states that a patient and his or her legal surrogate have a mere 10 days to arrange an emergency transfer to another facility that would be willing to continue treatment if they wish. Such a transfer is often extraordinarily complicated in such cases, and there are no practical means under the 10-Day-Law for a typical patient to stop the ticking on his or her own.
In 2014 a statement by the Belgian Society of Intensive Care Medicine asserts that ‘shortening the dying process’ should be permissible with the use of medication even in the absence of discomfort.
When discussing these facts, two prominent physicians, one from the Netherlands and another from Harvard, told me that where they come from, “they call that murder.”
We hope and pray that SB2089 becomes law so that the vulnerable can once again be protected in the Lone Star State instead of ushered out of life if the 10 days expire.
Too many within the healthcare community embrace philosophies and practices that threaten those patients who truly need relief from suffering so that they can live the balance of their lives in comfort rather than literally being put down like dogs by any means possible.
We must be clear: Ventilators and feeding tubes keep patients comfortable. They are not extreme.
But perhaps the unspoken idea here is that palliative medication, when given in very high doses, represents a better use of resources and a quicker way to end a life deemed without quality or purpose.
Now we see that the new trend in end-of-life care appears to be the use of artificial intelligence for those facing their final weeks, months, or more. One report tells us that chatbots may become the wave of the future if it can be determined that “patients might be more inclined to share their symptoms or ask questions when no other human is present.” https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/13/an-artificial-intelligence-created-for-the-end-of-life-is-already-here.html.
In addition, we see another type in an algorithm that can identify candidates for palliative care by predicting when they will die.
Charbots, algorighms, pain medications, and on it goes.
It seems that no matter what method is employed to treat the suffering and the dying, medicine is not what it used to be. Death is the goal and it is painfully clear that death is the definitive painkiller.
UPDATE: The usual suspects double down in opposition to this pro life bill: