While Flip prepares to battle for Terri Schiavo's life in Florida, he asked that we post these important thoughts by Pastor Bob Enyart.
The Pro-life Community Just Switched Positions
by Pastor Bob Enyart
You blinked, you missed it. The pro-life community just switched positions; it now supports assisted suicide! In their vital fight to save Florida's Terri Schiavo from being starved to death by judicial decree, they foolishly hinged their position on the absence of a “written directive.”
If the Hemlock Society had tried to pass a federal law legitimizing assisted suicide, pro-lifers would have stopped them. But pro-life leaders have so often compromised on “Thou shall not murder,” they no longer realize when they're making concessions. They tried desperately to pass the Incapacitated Persons Legal Protection Act which, for the first time ever in federal law, would have legitimized* state assisted suicide laws permitting “the withdrawal of food or fluids” simply with “a written advance directive valid under applicable law.”
Morality does not require ventilating and pumping fluids through a virtual corpse that has no brain activity, but starving someone to death is wrong. With this development, the pro-life movement would have people looking to “pull the plug,” and when finding no plug, go ahead and assist in suicide by starvation because of a “written directive.” And now that even pro-lifers are sliding down the slippery slope, when the culture of death wants to prevent the suffering of starvation and administer a mercy-killing lethal injection, who will be left to argue?
*Legitimize means "to declare legally valid."