I tell ya', I simply cannot keep up with the bad guys these days. If one gets involved even for a few days in some project other than keeping people informed of what the culture of death is up to, one falls behind. It makes me especially grateful for the work of Wesley J. Smith and perfectly willing to echo him to some degree, just adding my own spin on the stories he keeps up with.
As readers know, I have for a long time been interested in the "choice devours itself" phenomenon. More about that here.
Now comes an example so extreme that one is inclined to say, "This is the bottom of the slope. It can't get worse than this." But who knows? Evil is endlessly inventive.
Evidently it turns out that so-called "assisted suicide" activists are literally holding down the hands of the people they "assist" when those people try to tear plastic bags off of their heads.
Some time ago a book came out by a pro-suicide author named Lonny Shovelson telling about a case of this, but Shovelson (who claimed to have witnessed it) deliberately hid the name of the victim. The "assister" not only held the victim's hands but actually lay across his partially paralyzed body to stop his struggles and prevent him from getting the plastic bag off his head.
Gene's body heaved up and his cry filled the room, "It's cold," he screamed, and his good hand flew up to tear the plastic bag [off his head]. Sarah's hand caught Gene's at the wrist and held it. His body thrust upwards. She pulled his arm away and lay across Gene's shoulders. Sarah rocked back and forth, pinning him down, her fingers twisting the bag to seal it tight at his neck as she repeated, "The light, Gene, go toward the light. Gene's body pushed against Sarah's. Then he stopped moving.
But this was apparently not an isolated case. Arrests have recently taken place after a sting operation in Georgia in which an investigator posing as a person seeking suicide was shown how the assister would hold down his hands during the so-called "suicide" after the plastic bag was placed over his head.
At the Dawson County residence on Wednesday, Goodwin allegedly walked the undercover agent through the steps and demonstrated how he would hold the agent's hands to stop him from removing the exit bag, Bankhead said.
I realize that maybe I shouldn't bother to ask these questions, but how in the world can these people keep up the pretense even to themselves that they are assisting in a suicide rather than murdering the person simpliciter when they are holding down his hands when he tries to tear a bag off his head? How? It's pretty much beyond me. I guess the argument is supposed to be that this counts as a suicide because the person asked them to help him die and consented to a process in which he was told ahead of time that he would be literally, physically forced to go through with it to the bitter end after crossing some point of no return. Actually, though, it sounds to me like "Gene" in the book maybe wasn't warned about this little part of the process. Ah, well, an oversight. If he had been warned and consented, then it would have been suicide and not simple murder.
The whole thing is insane. In the Georgia case, the charges are "assisted suicide, tampering with evidence and violation of the Georgia's Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act." It's a shame they can't get specific evidence that John Celmer, the cancer patient whose death they are investigating, actually had his hands held down as per the demonstration to the agent. If they did, they should charge the "senior exit guide" in his case with murder, period.
I have said before with regard to infanticide that we need to be thinking about prosecutors. Prosecutors need to be prepared to enforce laws against outright murder of born, breathing people even when those outright murders are somehow related at the edges to issues like abortion and suicide. Time will tell if that line continues to be held. Meanwhile, these do sound like serious charges in Georgia as far as they go, and I hope that the "exit guides" get put away for a good, long stretch.