SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

A CUTTING-EDGE BLOG FOR THE WORLD OF THE 21st CENTURY, Currently operated by Seth L. Cooper, a 27 year-old attorney in Seattle (sethlcooper at comcast dot net)

Monday, May 23, 2005

FUTILE CARE THEORY & FORCED EXIT, POST-TERRI SCHIAVO. If you want to get a glimpse of where many so-called bioethcists wish to take end-of-life medical care, be sure to read Wesley J. Smith's eye-opening article "The English Patient"--available in the forthcoming Weekly Standard. Smith also posts about the case at his blog--Secondhand Smoke (here, here and here).

Human life is characterized by its inherent dignity and equality. But this is undermined when when futilitarians are empowered to determine whether another person's life is worth living based upon their own checklist of priorities. Any one of us could be one accident or mishap away from disability or need of serious medical care. If we hand over delicate life-or-death situations to futilitarian ideologues masquerading as "ethics committees," then NO ONE remains safe in their humanity.

(North Seattle--Green Lake, WA)

3 Comments:

  • At 7:30 AM, Blogger Secret Pooh said…

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  • At 7:36 AM, Blogger Secret Pooh said…

    "Human life is characterized by its inherent dignity and equality. But this is undermined when when futilitarians are empowered to determine whether another person's life is worth living based upon their own checklist of priorities."

    This, of course, isn't applicable to juvenile criminals who stand to lose their lives, is it?

    This type of neo-conservative hypocrisy would almost be funny, if it weren't so chilling.

    Secret Pooh

     
  • At 10:03 AM, Blogger Coop said…

    The futilitarians I speak of are persons who employ a "quality-of-life ethic" to gauge the worth of the life of the human person in question and determine whether it is worth living.

    The human person whose life hangs in the balance is innocent of any wrong doing, whereas the person convicted of a capital offense is NOT innocent of wrong doing but has committed a serious crime.

    Are you actually saying there's NO discernable difference between the two scenarios I describe above, Secret Pooh?

    My principle is this: I oppose the taking of life from innocent persons. Further, those who take the lives of innocent persons should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.

     

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