AD2000 - a journal of religious opinionAD Books
Ask a Question
View Cart
Search AD2000: author: full text:  
AD2000 - a journal of religious opinion
Find a Book:

AD2000 Home
Article Index
About AD2000
Contact Us
Email Updates


Add Me
Remove Me

Subscriber Access:

Enter the Internet Access Key from your mailing label here for full access!


Euthanasia, the insidious escalator

Bookmark and Share

 Contents - Dec 2010AD2000 December 2010 - Buy a copy now
Homily: Christmas - Pope Benedict XVI
Euthanasia: Australia's Christian churches unite in opposition - MIchael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Youth: Another successful Australian Catholic youth initiative - Br Barry Coldrey
Call to Holiness: Facing life issues in love and truth - Babette Francis
Congress for Life: Catholic orthodoxy: key to promoting the culture of life - Cardinal Raymond Burke
Homily: Christus Rex Pilgrimage: Building God's Kingdom on earth - Bishop Peter J. Elliott
Catholic origins: Psychology and Christianity: need they be at odds? - Wanda Skowronska
Poetry: Euthanasia, the insidious escalator - Bruce Dawe
Letters: Eucharistic faith - Anna M. Silvas
Letters: Marriage - Arnold Jago
Letters: Lay saint? - Eamonn Keane
Letters: Euthanasia - Brian Coman
Letters: Ecumenism - Kevin McManus
Letters: Family breakdown - Peter Gilet
Books: EDMUND CAMPION, by Richard Simpson, revised by Peter Joseph - Fr Anthony Robbie (reviewer)
Books: THE LAST CRUSADER, by Louis de Wohl - Michael Daniel (reviewer)
Books: FIVE SMOOTH STONES: A 40 Day WYD08 Journal, by Stephen Lawrence - Bishop Joseph Grech (reviewer)
Fighting Fund: 2010 Fighting Fund progress
Books: Order books from
Reflection: Messiah: the one anointed by God to reconcile sinners - Fr Dennis W. Byrnes

Recent political developments have brought the question of euthanasia again to the fore

Even if all the world and everyone agreed,
Euthanasia as a philosophy would still be wrong.

This is an escalator whose insidious speed
Will take us very far, and it wouldn't take very long ...

The terminally ill would qualify, for a start,
To be speedily dispensed with, as they were
In Nazi Germany, even though the heart
Of a heartless world might still aver
That 'caring' attendants drove the smooth machine
Through which such 'mercy-killing' made its way.

And as for the severely disabled, they'd be seen
As necessary subjects, too, and who could say
That those with incurable mental illness shouldn't be spared
A life of suffering, whether they said 'Yea' or 'Nay'?

And as for terminally ill children, if we really cared
Shouldn't they also be included, and wouldn't they
Be better 'out of it' altogether? And what of those
Potentially suicidal who at present
We counsel otherwise? If they in future chose
To join the ever-burgeoning list-think what a pleasant
Place this world would be for those of us who were left
(Assuming, of course, that you and I were among that lucky band)!

Let's face it, such a brave new world belongs to the morally deft
Or wilfully blind who cannot understand
That such a killing culture has its own momentum,
Where already abortion kills each year its hundred thousand plus, and
It's really just a matter of rationalizing the per centum ...
Armed with the force of law, then, who'd go slow?

-Bruce Dawe

Bruce Dawe is one of Australia's most admired and widely published poets. He has been a regular contributor to AD2000 for many years

Bookmark and Share

Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 23 No 11 (December 2010 - January 2011), p. 12

Page design and automation by
Umbria Associates Pty Ltd © 2001-2004