Thursday, August 31, 2006

Taking Sides on the Nebraska Humane Care Amendment

Well, the following announcements aren't going to surprise anyone but they are still important to note...

1) The Humane Care Amendment that will be on the Nebraska ballot this November has just received the endorsement of the National Right to Life Committee.


2) It is being opposed by Compassion & Choices, formerly the Hemlock Society. In fact, this radical euthanasia outfit is pledging to go all out to defeat the measure.

Now, the aim of the Humane Care Initiative is modest and circumscribed; namely, to protect Nebraska's most helpless citizens from being involuntary dehydrated or starved to death in Nebraska institutions. The amendment will only require food and water being given a patient if their absence would kill or gravely harm the person, and if the person can metabolize the water and nutrients, and if the person has NOT put into writing his or her personal directive or authorization to be cut off from hydration and nutrition.

But then reason, respect for the inherent sanctity of human life, and true compassion have never meant much to Derek Humphrey and his pals in the Hemlock Society.