Last week, Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), said in a congressional hearing that she did not wish to intervene in a lung transplant decision for 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, who is suffering from end-stage cystic fibrosis. Doctors say that without a lung transplant Sarah will die within weeks. However, because pediatric lungs are rarely available, doctors wish to transplant adult lungs to Sarah, which are more readily available. However, HHS policy prevents children under 12 from receiving donated adult lungs. A federal judge has now ordered Ms. Sebelius to allow Sarah to be moved to the adult lung transplant list. However, in her testimony, Ms. Sebelius stunned the congressional hearing with her cavalier attitude when she said that “. . . this is an incredibly agonizing situation where someone lives and someone dies.” Perhaps that is true as that is our human condition, but the callousness of her remarks reminded me of the ugliness of our “progressive” society. After all, readers of Touchstone and Salvo realize that godless and anti-Christian philosophy leads to bad conduct. Based upon Darwin’s Origin of Species, his cousin, Sir Francis Galton wrote a book called “Hereditary Genius” (1869). In this book, Galton built on Darwin’s random natural selection and reasoned that a better breed of humans could be produced with proper guidance and by what he termed “judicious marriages.” He wrote that “it would be quite practicable to produce a highly gifted race of men by judicious marriages during several consecutive generations.” Galton also coined the term “eugenics” (meaning “well born”). Galton believed that by limiting marriage to the union of well-born partners and prohibiting marriages of the “unfit,” then “what Nature does blindly, slowly and ruthlessly, man may do providently, quickly and kindly.” Thus, Darwinism and its dark offshoots devalued man. The logical culmination of Galton’s thinking came to full fruition in both Soviet Communism and Nazism, but continues today.
As one recent example, most of my readers might be unfamiliar with the Right Honorable Colin Brewer, a British politician, who was forced to resign for suggesting that “disabled children cost the [British National Health Service] too much money and should be put down.” After he was forced to resign, in an interview with the British Disability News Service, he said farmers deal with deformed lambs by “smashing them against a wall. If they have a misshapen lamb, they get rid of it. Bang.” Perhaps giving solace to Anthony Weiner, Mr. Brewer was re-elected to the Cornwall Council last month as his constituents must see him as a profile in nihilistic, post-modernist courage. Thus, he merely reflected the eugenic ideal: killing lesser humans so that higher-level human beings can flourish. After all, in the UK, with its nationalized health care, taxpayers pay into the system, but everyone has access to the system’s “benefits.” Yet some are too weak, too disabled, too old, or too poor to contribute. They still have access to medical treatment, which costs the system, but yet without paying taxes. Of course, the simplest solution, according to the Right Honorable Mr. Brewer, is to kill off the weak and infirm.
A recent British government-commissioned confidential report, available here http://www.mencap.org.uk/sites/default/files/documents/Briefing_Confidential_Inquiry.pdf, found people with disabilities were 37% more likely to be killed by incompetence or inadequate care (an average of 24 deaths each week) in merely one area of England. Further, on average, lives of the disabled end sixteen years earlier than they should. The report further notes that the more serious the disability, the higher the risk. Whether the so-called Obamacare will ultimately crash under the incompetence and mismanagement of Ms. Sebelius has yet to be seen. But we have seen her particular pitiless bias already in the case of little Sarah. I can certainly reasonably anticipate that culling the human species is a logical culmination of Obamacare. Of course, our Christian faith requires us to care for the weak, the sick, and the less fortunate. We do this because it is Christ’s command to His followers, but also because in these human beings, we can see the human face of God. And we love and serve them because, but for God’s grace, it could be any of us. Thus, as Christians, we are called upon to love and respect all life. I only can hope that this Administration will treat all children as if their names were Malia and Sasha. In your prayers, please do not forget to include little Sarah, and the others who are in such situations. It is presently estimated that there are approximately 20 children in the United States in a similar situation to little Sarah.