Re: An euthanasia/abortion ship
Mon, 05 Apr 1999 10:22:01 GMT

On Sun, 4 Apr 1999 08:53:03 -0500, you asked that I clarify my statements:

>A. Eleusyan wrote:
>> Above all, consult with Scientologists: they're used to dealing with
>> legal harrassment concerning their health care choices. There might be
>> some states that might not prove as inimical to the concept on the
>> USA.
>1. Could you elaborate a bit? What health choices are scientologists
>making that lead to legal hassles?

I seem to have made a dire mistake. I think it's Christian Scientists, rather than Scientologists, who have grappled with the courts several times in order to preserve their health care choices (refusing certain medical procedures) for their own children. Recent Scientology issues in Germany, as they vaguely reached me through the news, might have led me to this possible misunderstanding.

I'm not sure whether Jehovah Witnesses have found themselves in a similar situation concerning blood transfusions for children, which people of the JW persuassion reject.

I'm fully aware that health care choices don't amount to the same as euthanasia in the eyes of the court. However, defenses and arguments may have been raised during these proceedings which might prove useful in a legal strategy defending euthanasia.

I'm also fully aware that Dr. Kevorkian is finding himself up the creek without a paddle on this very same issue.

>2. What does your second sentence mean? Were you suggesting that there may
>be some American states which are receptive to euthanasia? Please clarify.

I don't think every single state has actually ruled against euthanasia yet. Therefore, there's the possibility that one of those states might not rule against euthanasia on a test case. The problem is that the federal government might come up with legislation that'd override state laws and force state courts to revert or issue adverse rulings in following cases.

In my view, the idea of a vessel or haven where a person may resort to a merciful abridgement of bodily waste and suffering (euthanasia), and also acquire some measure of hope for defeating and perhaps even reversing the ravages of disease in the future (cryogenics), is a notion worth following. Despite the enormous amount of research and effort this endeavor might demand, I still think it's worth pursuing.

  1. Eleusyan