You’ve seen this picture by now: Elderly people wading through waist-deep water in their nursing home as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Shared on Twitter by Timothy J. McIntosh (@DividendsMGR), it was taken by his mother-in-law. It is a heartbreaking photo and I was relieved to hear that they were all eventually rescued from the horrible situation.
However, one sentence at the beginning of a CBS News article on the rescue of these dear souls caught my attention. It read: “The picture shows stranded senior citizens — many suffering from dementia — in a Dickinson, Texas, nursing home”. Why did that grab my attention?
Here was a banner example of our society taking care of the elderly, which was fabulous. However, even more than this, it was an example of people helping those who are destined for memory loss, confusion, loss of personal identity, and eventual natural death. Why waste valuable resources helping the weak, frail and elderly anyway? Because we all know it is the right thing to do. In marked opposition to those who espouse the benefits of assisted suicide, our society values these people.
North Dakota law states, “Any person who intentionally or knowingly aids, abets, facilitates, solicits, or incites another person to commit suicide… is guilty of a class C felony.” It is punishable by up to a $10,000 fine and 20-years imprisonment. I want to thank our legislators for creating this law. However, five other states do allow this type of killing and more are considering it. You should know that organizations supporting assisted suicide are trying to change this law in our state. So, I’m asking you to do two things.
First, the governor of Texas has proclaimed a Day of Prayer on Sunday, September 3. Pray for the safety of those in harm’s way, and pray for God to bless Texas.
Second, please pray that an assisted suicide law is never introduced into North Dakota, and if it is by some unforeseen circumstance, help us resoundingly defeat it. We will alert you if this happens, since that’s one of our key roles at Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota.
We promise to continue representing human life in all stages here in North Dakota!