As we learned in the past few months, the difference between having a pro-life president and a culture of death president could not be more clear.
It is night and day.
Case in point: The VA's Death Book, "Your Life, Your Choices."
From Jim Towey, the Wall Street Journal:
If President Obama wants to better understand why America's discomfort with end-of-life discussions threatens to derail his health-care reform, he might begin with his own Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). He will quickly discover how government bureaucrats are greasing the slippery slope that can start with cost containment but quickly become a systematic denial of care.
Last year, bureaucrats at the VA's National Center for Ethics in Health Care advocated a 52-page end-of-life planning document, "Your Life, Your Choices." It was first published in 1997 and later promoted as the VA's preferred living will throughout its vast network of hospitals and nursing homes. After the Bush White House took a look at how this document was treating complex health and moral issues, the VA suspended its use. Unfortunately, under President Obama, the VA has now resuscitated "Your Life, Your Choices."
Who is the primary author of this workbook? Dr. Robert Pearlman, chief of ethics evaluation for the center, a man who in 1996 advocated for physician-assisted suicide in Vacco v. Quill before the U.S. Supreme Court and is known for his support of health-care rationing.
"Your Life, Your Choices" presents end-of-life choices in a way aimed at steering users toward predetermined conclusions, much like a political "push poll." For example, a worksheet on page 21 lists various scenarios and asks users to then decide whether their own life would be "not worth living."
The circumstances listed include ones common among the elderly and disabled: living in a nursing home, being in a wheelchair and not being able to "shake the blues." There is a section which provocatively asks, "Have you ever heard anyone say, 'If I'm a vegetable, pull the plug'?" There also are guilt-inducing scenarios such as "I can no longer contribute to my family's well being," "I am a severe financial burden on my family" and that the vet's situation "causes severe emotional burden for my family."
When the government can steer vulnerable individuals to conclude for themselves that life is not worth living, who needs a death panel?
...If President Obama is sincere in stating that he is not trying to cut costs by pressuring the disabled to forgo critical care, one good way to show that commitment is to walk two blocks from the Oval Office and pull the plug on "Your Life, Your Choices." He should make sure in the future that VA decisions are guided by values that treat the lives of our veterans as gifts, not burdens.
That is so well said, decisions should be "guided by VALUES that treat the lives of our veterans as gifts, not burdens."
Life as a gift, not a burden.
(I hear Obama saying that if his daughters made a "mistake" and became pregnant, he wouldn't "want them punished with a baby.")
People make decisions about end-of-life care all the time.
The problem I have is government infringing on that freedom with guilt-inducing techniques, and being shoved into believing that your life isn't worth living.
Given that the government's bottom line is cutting costs on health care, it's easy to understand that people likely to consume more services, the elderly and the seriously and chronically ill, will be encouraged to "choose" to die. It's not rocket science.
You know what would really cut costs? Mandatory genetic testing.
Why allow the "defective" to be born?
The fact is this administration does not respect life.
Read "Your Life, Your Choices."