Remember when I wrote about this book called "The Unit", a long time ago? That day stuck with me, seeing people praising the would-be control of life like that and the trading of organs. Many even seem to be seriously leaning towards the side of putting money first over human life.. The influences of media ARE taking hold.
One thing that culture that has embraced abortion for 40 years is not going to think much of protecting life either at the older end of the scale. I've heard people tell me that advanced medical care for the elderly is a "waste of money". I am not talking keeping someone who is brain dead on a life support machine but something like DIALYSIS. I and my husband were watching TV some time ago, and they had this show on an obscure cable channel marketed to an older population and on it, they were talking about how much dialysis cost, and that doctors should tell older patients with chronic conditions to rethink dialysis because of the costs. Later I remembered the name of the TV show and the channel, and here it is....
Now one thing about dialysis is you die in around three days, if your kidneys are not working. That's not you may die, or you might die, you WILL DIE unless there is a miracle from God. With the TV show above, this was sometime last year, but I found this article with the same message. I believe that people have the right to refuse any medical treatment but isn't this a switch, when they are telling people, to dissuade the elderly and chronically ill from dialysis due to COST FACTORS.
"One patient, a 78-year-old woman whose name is being withheld, was not a good candidate for dialysis, her doctors said. She has complications from diabetes, high blood pressure, a heart valve problem and severe coronary artery disease. Her medical problems were so grave that dialysis was likely to lead to a series of medical interventions — hospital stays, drugs and doctor visits — but would not necessarily prolong her life. And her doctors told her that.
But she insisted on dialysis, saying, “Some life is better than no life.” In the seven months she has been on dialysis, she has been hospitalized four times, including twice for heart surgery.
“I go to dialysis because I want to live,” she said in a telephone interview. “I want dialysis.”One sees the subtle changes, would such an article have been written 50 years ago? Wouldn't there have been some outcry? Nope, the devaluing of life is growing out there, and has radically changed.