Flogging a dead horse

Talk about flogging a dead horse. Literally.

The Greens have introduced yet another bill into another parliament to legalise euthanasia. This is not the first time this has happened.

In fact, so far as I can tell, there have been at least 14 similar bills introduced into federal, state and territory parliaments since 1995. All bar one were defeated. And the only one that was voted through was overturned quick smart.

Yet Greens Senator, Richard Di Natale, has gone banging on this door. Again.

And he’s doing it even though he admits that this latest attempt will also fail.

“I think we haven’t got the numbers right now,” Di Natale said yesterday. But that hasn’t stopped him from grandstanding on the issue anyway.

It is hypocritical.

The Greens are the first to cry out against any proposed changes to abortion laws on the basis that the debate is done and dusted. And their pro-death Labor mates love running that line too. So do weak-kneed Catholic Liberals.

That’s why Victorian Greens MLC, Colleen Hartland, issued a press release in 2008 urging the government to stop all debate on this issue. And her suggestion of how to do that was to simply pass laws that prevent any pain relief for children who endure partial-birth abortions.

The Premier of Victoria and alleged Catholic, Denis Napthine, has taken that advice to heart.

So when the topic of pain relief for babies undergoing abortion was raised earlier this year by Geoff Shaw, Premier Napthine’s response was to declare the subject off limits from debate. In fact, he went so far as to boldly state that he would not even allow a private members bill on the issue to enter parliament.

Why? Because the issue had been debated and settled.

The message of all this is clear.

You can keep banging on the pro-death door until you bludgeon your way through. Nothing is settled if you stand on this side of the debate. It doesn’t matter how many times a pro-death law is defeated, the opportunity will always be given for another go.

But if you want to protect life, or even prevent pain, you can’t. Our parliaments can’t handle any more debate on those subjects.

Like I said, it’s hypocritical.

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Of course, when it comes to euthanasia, hypocrisy is not the only issue. In fact, it’s a rather minor part of the disturbing factors at play.

Whenever euthanasia raises its ugly head, you can always find Doctor Death, Philip Nitschke, lurking in the shadows.

He’s come out to state that Senator Di Natale’s bill is a wise move. That’s not surprising. Nitschke is probably the most outspoken campaigner for euthanasia in the entire world.

However, Dr Nitschke is probably not the best person to describe something as wise, considering that he let the cat out of the bag last year and told us all that he felt overpowering sexual urges after killing people.

“After performing my role in those deaths, I had an urgent and pressing need for sex,” the good doctor stated in the original script of his autobiography.

Reading this, hypocrisy seems like the mildest of problems in the whole euthanasia debate. And alarm bells should be ringing inside the minds of every decent person. The man who is leading the charge for euthanasia in Australia not only gets his jollies after knocking people off, but he admits this without the slightest hint of shame.

Euthanasia advocates are disturbing people and wherever it has been legalised there are disturbing results.

Take the heartbreaking case of the Belgian transsexual, Nathan Verhelst. This poor woman killed herself after botched surgery that was supposed to make her a man. There was never any hope that this would happen and euthanasia was the grim reaper that stepped in to end the life a person encouraged down a hopeless path by a supposedly ‘compassionate’ society.

It was simply easier to kill this distressed woman who was born as Nancy, than help her to deal with the trauma of having a mother who rejected her. Verhelst didn’t need an injection. She needed to be loved.

And in a country where death is loved more than love, it is no surprise at all that Belgium has now legalised euthanasia for children. Nor is it any surprise that euthanasia stats are going through the roof, that nurses are carrying out euthanasia without oversight from a doctor and that half of these nurses have admitted that the patient ‘treated’ never consented to the lethal injection.

This is the slippery slope in operation.

It’s the muddy path that the Greens want Australia to slide down.

But it’s about time the Greens were dished up some of their own medicine. This debate has already been done and dusted. Time and again, euthanasia has been given the big thumbs down in Australia. And instead of thumbing their nose their nose and flogging this dead horse, the Greens should get back in their box and accept the verdict.

Author: Bernard Gaynor

Bernard Gaynor is a married father of nine children. He has a background in military intelligence, Arabic language and culture and is an outspoken advocate of conservative and family values.

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