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If you must assert your right to die, find the nearest tall bridge…

Posted by foundersfreedom on May 2, 2009

..and leave our doctors out of it.   Can’t we be responsible for anything anymore?

From World Net Daily. Montana judge’s decision may require physicians to kill patients requesting such “services” even if against the Hippocratic oath, their conscience, or their religion.

The arogant and spiteful progressives / “liberals” continue to mock our consciences and our belief in something beyond what we see with our eyes.  Their absolute disdain for people of faith is frightening and they are getting more and more bold.

There are plenty of  evil doctors willing to rip babies apart up to the time of birth, let them do it. To force a dissenting physician is beyond unconscionable.  There is much more to this than the obvious over-stepping of judicial authority. These people are NOT required to stay with any doctor if they aren’t receiving the care they expect. Isn’t that the way it used to be? Univeral health care may just be the “cure” for such poor business practice.  

We are being bombarded with moral relativism, or rather moral equivalence, of every type of behavior.  The desire is to relegate us to our churches or little enclaves and  to keep our views out of public spaces.   

The progressives / socialists / Marxist s have to eliminate religion from the masses in order for it to be fully implemented. Remember the failed Soviet Union?   Religion was all but non-existent, at least in public.  A minimal search of Marx, Lenin or any other true socialist will give you a good glimpse of where all this is taking us – and by design.  The writing is on the wall (oops – a biblical reference). Are you reading it?

Any bets on who this judge voted for in the last election? 

Physicians in Montana could be facing “kill-on-demand” orders from patients who want to commit suicide if a district court judge’s opinion pending before the state Supreme Court is affirmed.

The case has attracted nominal attention nationwide, but lawyers with the Christian Legal Service have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the pending case because of what it would mean to doctors within the state, as well as the precedent it would set.

The concern is over the attack on doctors’ ethics and religious beliefs – as well as the Hippocratic oath – that may be violated by a demand that they prescribe deadly chemicals or in some other way assist in a person’s death.

M. Casey Mattox, a lawyer with the CLS, told WND that states allowing a “right to die” across the country – Oregon and Washington – include an opt-out provision for physicians with ethical or religious opposition to participating in killing a patient.

Physicians in Montana could be facing “kill-on-demand” orders from patients who want to commit suicide if a district court judge’s opinion pending before the state Supreme Court is affirmed.

The case has attracted nominal attention nationwide, but lawyers with the Christian Legal Service have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the pending case because of what it would mean to doctors within the state, as well as the precedent it would set.

The concern is over the attack on doctors’ ethics and religious beliefs – as well as the Hippocratic oath – that may be violated by a demand that they prescribe deadly chemicals or in some other way assist in a person’s death.

M. Casey Mattox, a lawyer with the CLS, told WND that states allowing a “right to die” across the country – Oregon and Washington – include an opt-out provision for physicians with ethical or religious opposition to participating in killing a patient.

Montana’s situation, created late last year in a decision from First District Court Judge Dorothy McCarter in the Baxter et al. v. Montana case, is different. There is no provision for a doctor to refuse such “treatment” for a patient.

Just how did America arrive at a court case ordering doctors to help a suicide? Read it in “The Marketing of Evil: How Radicals, Elitists, and Pseudo-Experts Sell Us Corruption Disguised as Freedom”

In that case, Robert Baxter, 75, a retired truck driver from Billings who suffers from lymphocytic leukemia, filed the lawsuit along with four physicians in the state’s district court system. They were aided in the case by the assisted suicide advocacy group Compassion & Choices, formerly known as the Hemlock Society.

Baxter told the organization’s magazine that society already provides death when animals are suffering.

“I just feel if we can do it for animals,” Baxter said, “we can do it for human beings.”

The CLS, joined by the Christian Medical Association, yesterday filed briefs asking the state Supreme Court to protect the conscience rights of healthcare professionals.

The groups, representing more than 18,000 Christian medical and legal professions, are urging the court to reverse the district court’s decision and recognize a right not to participate in assisted suicide.

“The trial court’s decision to create a constitutional right to ‘obtain assistance from a medical care provider in the form of obtaining a prescription for lethal drugs’ threatens the rights of healthcare professionals and institutions that hold sincere ethical, moral, and religious objections to participating in the intentional killing of their patients,” Mattox said.

“Medical professionals should not be coerced to violate the Hippocratic Oath in order to practice in Montana,” he said.

If a “right to die” is to be recognized, it should be developed from the people through the legislative process, not imposed by a single judge, the brief also argues.

The district decision, the groups also point out,  would seriously undermine the relationship between doctors and patients. Patients could be uncomfortable knowing their doctor had provided a lethal dose to another patient, and doctors would have concerns about such demands from patients.

“At a time when states are experiencing a healthcare shortage, making Montana the only state in the union to coerce professionals to assist in suicides could jeopardize the state’s healthcare system,” Mattox said.

He told WND that the effort clearly is part of a nationwide agenda to impose and mandate ethical standards on Americans. Similar are the Obama administration’s suggestions that that pharmacists may not have the right to refuse to dispense abortion-inducing medications, and doctors may not have a conscience right to refuse to do abortions, he said.

“I don’t know where it’s coming from, but there is certainly a push from government to tell people to set aside religious or ethical qualms and to abide by whatever the government tells you is appropriate,” he said.

Mattox said the state still has several weeks to file its briefs in the Montana case, and then there will be further arguments on behalf of requiring doctors to provide terminal treatment.

“A mentally competent, terminally ill Montanan should have the right to choose a peaceful death, when confronted by death,” Kathryn Tucker, Compassion & Choices director of legal affairs, told KTVQ-TV, Billings.

But Montana Assistant Attorney General Anthony Johnston disagrees.

Johnston told the television station, “The laws governing the medical profession say the medical profession is to heal, not to kill.”

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