African-Americans in the U.S. are concerned about euthanasia, as its pending legalization could make old and vulnerable Black people targeted.
The act of killing someone painlessly (especially someone suffering from incurable illness) which is known as Euthanasia, could be made legal pending The Washington DC Council Vote, which takes place today. Black people have shown their concern in relation to the proposed legislation, as they fear that the helpless old Black citizens will be targeted, on the basis of the fact that politicians do not care about providing good quality end-of-life care and the well-being of African-Americans. Could this be a new legal way of eliminating Black people? Learn more details on the matter from the following reliable source:
The Washington DC City Council plans to vote today on legalizing assisted suicide, after postponing the vote in October when the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition urged people to voice their opposition. EPC says the council delayed because they didn’t have the votes to pass the bill.
Some worry the bill is nothing more than a way to euthanize poor black citizens of Washington DC, a fear outlined in the Washington Post. While several states have legalized assisted suicide, the black population is smaller in those states, and Black people are much more likely to oppose assisted suicide, much to the consternation of activist organization Compassion and Choices.
“They are afraid that somebody is going to take advantage of them the way they have been taken advantage of in the past,” said Omega Silva. Silva is a black physician who works for Compassion and Choices, which is trying to get the DC legislation passed. But while Compassion and Choices has been trying to reach out to residents of DC’s black neighborhoods, they haven’t been making much impact. At an outreach event last month, for example, only three people showed up.
Leona Redmond, a community activist fighting the legislation, fears that poor, elderly Black people will be targeted for assisted suicide. She notes politicians are more concerned with cutting health-care costs than they are with providing quality end-of-life care. “Because of Jim Crow laws . . . we didn’t have the opportunity to have the same jobs, to have the same insurance, the same retirement benefits,” Redmond said. “It’s really aimed at old black people. It really is.”
According to the Washington Post, only one black person has chosen to undergo assisted suicide in Oregon, one of the first states to legalize it. But the precedent set there, and other states around the country, have taught us that citizens like Redmond are right to be concerned.
The assisted suicide lobby has a lot invested in seeing legalization in all 50 states, so has romanticized its cause. Instead of calling it what it is—suicide—it’s referred to as “death with dignity.” Evidently, fighting for your life is undignified. It’s a massive insult to those who do choose to fight for their lives, who choose not to kill themselves.
Maggie Karner, a woman who had to glioblastoma multiforme, the same deadly kind of brain cancer that afflicted widely publicized assisted suicide patient Brittany Maynard, spoke fiercely against assisted suicide and the effect it could have on patients fighting terminal illnesses.
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“I get strength and comfort from the knowledge that nobody is going to give up on me — medically, psychologically or holistically. Right now, I have the firm support of the state and my fellow citizens in my desire to live — no matter the cost or burden,” Karner said. “If that were to change, the tiny knowledge that I might be straining my family, friends, doctors or community resources unnecessarily would be a heavy burden. The constant ‘option’ for suicide would wear at my resolve and I fear, become an unspoken ‘duty’ for me and others.”
Karner ultimately succumbed to her disease, with the bravery and dignity assisted suicide advocates would steal from her.
Such laws are promoted as a compassionate way to help people who are dying, but the reality is far more sinister. The company promoting it so heavily, Compassion and Choices, is not some benign organization that just wants the terminally ill to be able to peacefully die by doctor-prescribed medication.
Earlier this year, for example, California legalized assisted suicide. California resident Stephanie Packer, a wife and mother to four children, is fighting terminal cancer. Originally, her insurance company agreed to pay for another chemotherapy treatment. Just one week after the assisted suicide legislation was passed, however, Packer received a letter: now, they would not cover her chemotherapy, but they would pay for her assisted suicide, which would cost the insurance company mere dollars.
“It was like someone had just hit me in the gut,” Packer said. “As soon as this law was passed, patients fighting for a longer life end up getting denied treatment, because this will always be the cheapest option… it’s hard to financially fight.”
“It makes terminally ill patients feel ‘less than,’ that they are not worthy of that fight, that they’re not worth it,” Packer argued. But as long as assisted suicide is the cheaper option, then insurance companies and the government will push for it, instead of going for the more expensive, and more difficult, solution. “We can start to fix our broken health-care system, and people will start to live instead of feeling like they have to choose to die,” she said. See more
It could be stated that the fear of euthanasia by Black people is legit. After surgical experiments on slaves, Tuskegee experiment, sterilization of inmates and other cases of utterly inhumane treatment, African-Americans are not ready to allow more. Killer-cops are more than enough, we don’t need killer-doctors.