To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE


SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

"Nazi" Oregon Votes to Allow Dementia Patients to be Starved to Death: If That's What Progressivism Is, God Help Us

Claire Chretien : Jun 15, 2017  LifeSiteNews.com

It "opens the doors to killing conscious, non-dying adults, incapacitated because of mental illness, who have not asked to be killed. The clear motive for the killing is money. A first grader can do the math as to how much money it saves to kill a person rather than allow him to live." —Gayle Atteberry

(Salem, OR)—[LifeSiteNews] A bill allowing the starvation and dehydration of dementia and mentally ill patients against their will passed the Oregon Senate 17-13 on June 8. (Photo: Shutterstock/via LifeSiteNews.com)

Oregon Right to Life has been battling SB494 since it was introduced, warning it's a "devious" bill that's "craftily written so as to hide its true content."

SB494 would remove safeguards in Oregon law that protects the right of patients to receive food and water as part of basic treatment. It would give healthcare representatives power to potentially coerce doctors into starving patients against their will. 

Under current Oregon law, if it's unclear what a mentally incompetent person desires or wants, the person's healthcare representative does not have the authority to end the incompetent person's life unless the person is in a specific end-of-life situation. 

SB494 was introduced after a dispute between the husband of an Alzheimer's patient and her nursing home. The patient, Nora Harris, had filled out an advance directive saying she didn't want to be fed intravenously. 

She began needing help using utensils. Harris could still eat with her hands and was still expressing a desire to eat.

Her husband filed a lawsuit to get her nursing home to stop feeding her.

The nursing home, Fern Gardens, said it would not force Harris to eat but that it only wanted to continue providing her the option of basic food and water. Mr. Harris lost; the Harris family maintains that their mother would want to be starved and dehydrated rather than live in such a state. 

The way advance directives currently work in Oregon preserves Oregonians' ability to receive food and hydration even if they lose mental competency. SB494 would undermine this.

"In spite of amendments, SB494 remains a deadly bill," Gayle Atteberry, executive director of Oregon Right to Life, told LifeSiteNews via email. "It is a tragedy that the liberal senators believed the talking points of the big insurance companies and right-to-die proponents about this bill."  (Photo: Gayle Atteberry/via YouTube)

Atteberry said SB494 was sold "as a basic 'update' to Oregon law. The reality is that it will remove current safeguards in Oregon's advance directive statute that protect conscious patients' access to ordinary food and water when they no longer have the ability to make decisions about their own care."
 
Currently, a person in Oregon can fill out an advance directive that specifies the types of care they will want and designates a person as their healthcare representative if they become mentally incompetent. 

"The current form gives ample room for a person to write his/her complete instructions for end-of-life care including if the patient wants tube feeding or not," Oregon Right to Life explains. "The law also limits the authority of a healthcare representative to make decisions for a patient to only what the patient designates on the form."

SB494 removes the advance directive document from established Oregon statute, meaning "there could be situations where an incompetent person's life may be ended according to the wishes of their healthcare representative, even if it's against the unwritten or ambiguously written desires of the incompetent person"... 

Click here to continue reading.







SHARE THIS ARTICLE Printer friendly version of this page

To receive daily emails from Breaking Christian News to your inbox CLICK HERE

Other Recent Articles from Breaking Christian News

This NBA Star Stands Solo for the National Anthem and Courageously Shares His Faith When Asked Why

On the Road with Mike Pence's FAITH IN AMERICA Tour: 2020 Election Will Decide if 'America Will Still Be America'

Condoleezza Rice Criticizes Left for 'Big Problem' When It Comes to Race; Cites the Merits of School Choice

Huge Increase in the Homeschool Community: Public Schools Might See an Exodus as Parents Debate Ed Options

'Floating Bomb': Beirut Explosion Linked to Russian Ship Storing Dangerous Ammonium Nitrate, Left in Port for Years

A Lebanese Pastor's Holy Spirit Hunch Saves Church Members from Explosion; Credits God for the Miracle

Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church Partners with World Vision to Feed the Hungry during Pandemic

'A Disaster in Every Sense of the Word': Shell Shocked Beirut Wakes Up to 100+ Dead, Thousands Injured after Massive Explosion

Israel Offers Aid to Lebanon after Devastating Explosion: 'We Share the Pain of the Lebanese People'

'The World Has No Idea What is Happening': Islamic Extremists Massacre, Behead in Mozambique Reign of Terror

Majority of Americans Approve of Deploying Federal Law Enforcement to Protect Federal Buildings

Hospitals Have Incentive to Inflate COVID-Deaths, CDC Chief Admits

In This Ohio City, the Faith Community, Partnering with Police, Is Key for Positive Race Relations

Riots to Revival: Sean Feucht bringing Worship and Prayer to the Frontlines of 2 Embattled Cities; Portland and Seattle

'We Are Standing for the Cross': Christians Unite as Antifa Rioters Threaten to Tear Down Cross at Private College

'Respectable'?!: China Rips Crosses from Churches, Throwing to the Ground Elderly Man Trying to Stop It

President Trump Signs the 'Historic' Great American Outdoors Act into Law Preserving Our National Parks

Trump Administration is Giving $35 Million to Aid Human Trafficking Survivors during Pandemic

Another California Church Defies Gov Newsom's Order to Remain Closed; Backs 'Recall' Effort

Billy Graham Statue to Replace That of White Supremacist in US Capitol



Search the Articles Archives

Keyword:  
Author:  
Words Posted On:  
Day Month Year



BCN Plus

An BCN Paid Advertisement
An BCN Paid Advertisement
Follow BCN on Twitter
Are You Praying for Our Government Leaders?
BCN Staff

Steve Shultz
Steve Shultz, Managing Editor
Founder and Owner


Aimee Herd
Aimee Herd, Editor


BCN Plus
Are You Praying for President Trump?
 
 
BCN Contact Info

All articles on this site and emails from BCN are copyrighted property of Breaking Christian News. Permission is given to link to, or share a BCN story if proper attribution is given to both the original writer and summarizer of the story. Breaking Christian News 2005-2019. All Rights Reserved.


Breaking Christian News is a division of Elijah List Publications, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Disclaimer: Articles and links, as well as the source articles linked to; do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Breaking Christian News.

editor@breakingchristiannews.com