Saturday, December 16, 2006

UN Convention Forbids Withdrawal of Food or Fluids from Disabled like Terri Schiavo

From LifeSiteNews:
The newly approved United Nations "Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities" which was adopted by the General Assembly Wednesday forbids nations which sign on to it from denying "food and fluids" to disabled persons.

Article 25 of the Convention, which deals with health, directs (in sub-section f) nations to "Prevent discriminatory denial of health care or health services or food and fluids on the basis of disability."

Commenting on the development, Alex Schadenberg of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition told that "To cause death by dehydration by denying food and fluids to a person based on their disability or cognitive ability, such as Terri Schiavo, is to kill them by euthanasia."

In March 2005 Schivo died of dehydration and starvation after being intentionally denied food and fluids for 13 days. Autopsy results revealed she could have lived at least another ten years if she had continued to receive food and fluids.

[…] "Quality of life concerns can never justify euthanasia of persons with disabilities, whether by action or omission," he explained. "These deaths are often motivated by eugenic and economic considerations and they are sold to the general public based on a philosophy of end-of-life choice."

Concluding, Schadenberg said, "Article 25 (f) must be heeded by all governments as a way of ensuring true equality and freedom for all people with disabilities, especially the cognitively disabled."

Attention! Please note the following words. Most people who know me will be shocked to hear this sentence coming from my lips:

Hooray for the U.N.!

I am not sure what nefarious plots and subplots lie beneath the adoption of this convention; I’m not sure what difference it makes. After all, the deliverance of Israel from captivity came about as a side effect of the war between Persia and Babylon. God uses all kinds of human motives to bring about His purposes. I have never been a supporter of the U.N. However, when a pig flies, we should applaud it, not complain when it crashes.