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By Charlie Johnston
A key part of the Texas 10-day rule that makes it nearly impossible for poor people to avoid forced passive euthanasia is that the law requires that families privately raise the money needed for transfer to a facility that will care for them rather than kill them. Since the costs almost always exceed $30,000, ten days is nearly never enough for poor people to avoid this soft death penalty. This means that rich folks who are seriously ill and have come under the 10-day clock of forced euthanasia have real options when they find an alternative facility that will treat them. The poor just have to die. As covered in yesterday’s article, the Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops (TCCB) supports this hideous law. So much for the Church’s “preferential option for the poor.” In Texas, the Bishops (with the notable exception of Corpus Christi Bishop Emeritus Rene Gracida) implicitly say that the rich have options and the poor can die – perhaps “decrease the surplus population,” as Ebenezer Scrooge was wont to say before his conversion. Certainly the Vatican these last few years has found quite an admiration for population control efforts – including coercive ones.
Although the law the Texas Senate passed yesterday (it still needs House approval and the signature of the Governor) comes too late for Carolyn Jones, once again Texas Right to Life (TRTL) is doing the Christian work Texas Bishops refuse to do. There are three facilities that have offered to care for Jones. TRTL is footing the initial cost of transfer and treatment – but it is not enough to cover it completely. So TRTL is doing an emergency fundraiser, seeking to raise the money to fully cover the cost of her transfer, the first few weeks of her treatment at the new facility, and her legal defense. Any money raised in excess of these needs will be earmarked to help other patients and families like Jones through its TRTL Family Assistance Fund.
As I mentioned yesterday, I am an occasional consultant to TRTL. I know its practices intimately. With TRTL, the money goes to help real people in real need. I am proud to be a part of the TRTL family, doing every day the hard and prosaic work to truly be a sign of hope – the hard work that others only give lip service to. If you have a few extra dollars you can spare, please give what you can to this emergency appeal. Show the world (and the TCCB) what real Christian charity and activism is.
Readers at this site helped save the life of a little boy a few years back, Joseph Cronin, who another Texas hospital was trying to euthanize. Readers at this site weighed in and helped secure the confirmation of Kyle McCarter as America’s Ambassador to Kenya a few months back when some Senators were trying to derail him because of his active Christian faith. In the Epistle of James, the inspired author says, “Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith.” (Jas 2:18). One of the short forms by which we speak of our mission here is “trust-do-love.” It heartens me that the folks here have never scrimped on the “do” part.
We have a wide cross-section of readers here. Some live week to week, others have some earthly wealth. If your needs are such that you cannot donate, remember that your responsibility to your family comes first – that is key in your hierarchy of responsibilities. Instead, contribute richly from the store of your prayers to Mrs. Jones. If you have some earthly wealth, whatever you give to help this woman who wants to live will accrue to the treasure you build in heaven.