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Going full on Roman…

March 1, 2013

well, back to the future I suppose – Apparently the DA doesn’t read much history – or world events

NBC news.

A 24-year-old Pennsylvania woman abandoned her 8-month-old daughter in the woods with the hopes of getting “a fresh start,” according to police…..”I have never see anything like this. I don’t know how anyone could leave a child in the woods and walk away,” said Zappala

I think it’s unintended consequences of the value society places on dependent life – particularly when the dependent becomes “a burden.” Some headlines

Belgian legislators opened a debate today on whether to amend a decade-old law on euthanasia to cover minors, being told by experts that it was already taking place in practice without any set guidelines.

I can hear it now. “I know! Let’s just legalize the act instead of prosecuting!!!”

In only 23 years, Dutch doctors have gone from being permitted to kill the terminally ill who ask for it, to killing the chronically ill who ask for it, to killing newborn babies in their cribs because they have birth defects, even though by definition they cannot ask for it. …” writes Wesley J. Smith in Forced Exit: The Slippery Slope from Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder

It’s more grisly than I included, but dig deeper if you REALLY must know

a mother named Annette Corriveau was featured [on The Doctor Phil Show]. She’s special because she wants the right to be able to kill her children.

She is the mother of two severely disabled adult children, and she feels that the moral thing to do would be to kill them by lethal injection, to end their “suffering.”…she visits her children only once every two months.

That’s just recent events. Let’s go back one century

Code named “Aktion T 4,” the Nazi euthanasia program to eliminate “life unworthy of life” at first focused on newborns and very young children. …The Nazi euthanasia program quickly expanded to include older disabled children and adults..The use of gas chambers at the euthanasia killing centers ultimately served as training centers for the SS….SS personnel from the euthanasia killing centers, notably Wirth, Franz Reichleitner and Franz Stangl later commanded extermination camps

Too recent? How about 200 centuries

Pre-Roman societies regularly practiced infanticide…Roman society held the family as the fundamental core that defined the community. Whether a newborn was part of that family depended solely on the father of the family or the paterfamilias. Any child born under his roof, slave or free, was either “raised” (referring to the paterfamilias holding up the child) or exposed. Exposed infants were left outside the house while malformed children were drowned

 Strategically speaking, the camel’s nose is already in the tent….the consequences of the value society places on certain kinds of life shouldn’t be a surprise.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 3, 2013 11:01 pm

    I don’t have the time to follow the blogs I “follow” daily. 🙂
    I wouldn’t make too much of PA incident. The mother might have PPD (I know, there was always the condition now believed to be PPD) and for all we know that might just be an isolated incident.

  2. March 3, 2013 8:02 pm

    I waited two days…

    Toga! Toga! Toga!

    This is not to say you were not insightful. I’m just occasionally immature.

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