While some of this could be chalked up to the Law of Unintended Consequences (the failure to see and understand that when you fiddle with complex systems, they will paddle you back), it is ONLY because American society (and Western Civilization in general) has accepted millions of deaths of unborn children. It has become acceptable – and soul numbing. And because of the precedent, we now are seeing it at the other end of life (reformatted, emphasis mine):
About one-year ago, Gov. Jerry Brown signed the state’s assisted-suicide bill into law. It fully went into effect this June, with the opening of the first clinic. While there is no data on the number of California assisted-suicides, Oregon recorded over 130 last year as part of their legalized physician-assisted death program. Now, one young mother says her insurance company denied her coverage for chemotherapy treatment after originally agreeing to provide the fiscal support for it, but indicated it would be willing to pay for assisted suicide instead. . . .
“As soon as this law was passed – and you see it everywhere, when these laws are passed – patients fighting for a longer life end up getting denied treatment, because this will always be the cheapest option.”
And I expect that there will be those that will try to excoriate the insurance companies for it. I admit this looks really bad but remember one thing – it was Government that opened the door that enables this behavior. The root cause is not that the insurance company offered, then withdrew an offer. It was The State that sanctioned this behavior. They created not only opened the door – they created it and started waving people through.
And has also has created yet another unintended consequence:
Packer attends a support group for terminally ill patients. She said legally sanctioned suicide has changed the tone of the meetings, which used to be “positive and encouraging.” With patients under new societal pressure to kill themselves, she said meetings “became negative, and it started consuming people. And then they said, ‘You know what? I wish I could just end it.’”
You know, it is the Democrat that signed this law – as well as Obamacare.