The Insidious War on The Helpless – part 3
In the first two parts of this series I have focused on the academic writings of those who favor infanticide, or “after-birth abortions” as they call it, and the history of the eugenics movement as personified by Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood. Let’s look at just how acceptable these ‘suggestions’ for killing the helpless have become in modern American culture. Here is one example:
On a recent episode of Dr. Phil, a mom with two handicapped kids (kids that are now adults) describes why she wants the right to euthanize her severely-disabled children….when the children were young she had them put in a home, and visits them a few times a month, but now, she wants to “put them out of their misery.” “(If) Janet and Jeffrey were able to make a decision about life, they would opt for suicide” she said. In this video from the Dr. Phil episode the mom explains why she only visits her children two times a month. In the video she compares her children to newborn babies – an odd description in an argument to ‘put them down.’ …Glenn brought up a good question: “Why are we calling this euthanizing? …We don’t even use that word with animals. We put them down. And that’s what she’s talking about, putting them down. Killing them …The show is advocating injections, so why the language change?” … At the beginning of the show, Glenn explains that Dr. Phil polled the audience members to see who agreed and who disagreed – only three disagreed with the mother’s desires.
What is being advocated here is the killing of the disabled, adult or infant, so as never to be a burden on the parents or anyone else who might desire to care for them. The defense for this action in the mother’s mind is that her adult, disabled children would, if they could, “opt for suicide.” With apologies to this mother, there is absolutely NO WAY she could know this unless she has somehow developed a talent to read minds.
For those readers who counter, ‘How do you know she is wrong?’ I offer this testimony. I work every day providing direct, one on one care to developmentally disabled adults. They range from moderately mentally disabled to severely mentally and physically disabled. I interact with my ‘guys’, as I call them, personally and extensively, 5 days a week for 7 years now. I know several of them far better than their parents do because either their parents have been long deceased, or their parents and families never visit them or take them home! I have been with them while living and while a few died and have attended and spoken at their funerals. While I cannot tell you I have developed the ability to read their thoughts on living and dying, I can tell you I have been personal witness to how they live the lives they now have. They live their lives with more joy, more wonder, more honesty, and more courage than I have seen in virtually anyone I have ever known in my 57+ years on this planet. Is it difficult to care for them? Yes, sometimes painfully so. Do they struggle to live their lives with some kind of meaning? Yes, very often they do. Is it costly to provide such care? Indeed it is. Yet I can state adamantly that these beautiful, helpless people give far more benefit to our basic humanity as a species than any cost or burden they present to us.
I ask this: “What would happen to our humanity if we simply discard the disabled as a burden to us?” History tells the story of the societies that have done so in the past, from not only Nazi Germany but from virtually every tyrannical regime in the history of human occupation of earth. A cold, calculating and soulless culture is the result. A destruction of not only those who are disabled, but those of any other ‘inferior’ status we might claim, such as race, or illegitimacy, or poverty is the result. And perhaps most importantly, the loss of the chance to live out a portion of divine grace and love and gain some much-needed humility for ourselves.
Luke 2:12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”
The message of Christmas is that God came in the helpless form of an infant. The only hope
I believe we have to turn the tide of our modern war on the helpless is to turn to the life of this infant child and
see how much God has invested in those who must live by the care of others. Then, perhaps, we may
understand how much this most insidious of wars is really costing us.