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Primum Non Nocere: “First do no harm”

May 17th, 2017, Promulgated by Diane Harris

Genesis 9:6

“Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for God made man in His own image.”


Ponder this:

If government can’t carry out validly adjudicated death penalties because the chemicals which have usually been used are believed to cause excessive pain and inhumane suffering –

THEN why don’t those executioners use the chemicals being administered to the people who choose euthanasia (or have it chosen for them out of so-called ‘mercy’)? Or is the pain and suffering of those being euthanized one of the very dirty little secrets kept from them until it is too late?


Ponder that!

Could it be that even the chemicals used for euthanasia cause just such reputed excessive pain and inhumaneScreenShot570 suffering, and can’t hold up to the formality of ‘witnessesing’ required for execution? The witnessing in euthanasia is not as public as for an execution; rather it is private, administered in dark secrecy behind a hospital screen, or under the guise of insurance limitations, or as the fruit of a compromised Hippocratic oath, or under pressure from ‘merciful’ heirs, nursing the conflict of interest of their own inheritance?

  • How can there ever be an appropriate informed consent regarding the pain and suffering connected to the risk of using such chemicals on the very people who fearfully seek to escape pain and suffering?
  • Where is articulation of a moral high ground and its accountability and obligation to support life?  Those complicit in such ‘mercy’ killing (including those who enact laws or promote having a choice of euthanasia) would seem also to be the very people referred to in Genesis 9:6 as deserving of death themselves.
  • Why is information withheld that the true end of life from natural death can be pain-controlled without desperate, unrighteous, hideous, guilt-ridden measures?
  • Where is the understanding that freely chosen euthanasia may well be the only sin from which one cannot repent?  (Unless agony from the chemicals is a purgatory for some who may not have complete consent?)

From the Hippocratic Oath:

  “I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art.”   

What you may not know is that the current Hippocratic Oath has been severely modified to accommodate all of today’s secular values, even abortion and euthanasia.

What is “right” seems no longer to be the public argument, given the widespread moral blindness of the secular culture to so many offenses. But the ‘god’ of reason, practicality and effectiveness still commands attention. How do the fans of euthanasia explain the odd juxtaposition in our society of squeamishness about capital punishment (authorized after the flood for the crime of murder) to encouraging the sick to choose what seems to amount to just such capital punishment for themselves! Ponder that!  And then bring this argument to the attention of anyone who can make a difference, particularly state legislators!


Meanwhile, here are some links for background information:



3 Responses to “Primum Non Nocere: “First do no harm””

  1. avatar Hopefull says:

    It is incredible to me how such an ancient symbol reveals what was not known until the mid – 20th century — the structure of DNA, fundamental to all life and healing!

  2. avatar Richard Thomas says:

    Drawn and quartered was a brutal method of execution in the middle ages. Many saint martyrs, killed by Henry VIII and Elizabeth underwent this torture.

    Anyone thinking of executing a prisoner by this method would be considered a bigot, intolerable and hateful but this type of death is routinely given to the unborn in abortion. It is the dismember abortion.

  3. avatar Diane Harris says:

    Apologies to Richard Thomas whose May 25th post is now just published above. Apparently it was hung up waiting posting. His point is excellent. Sir Thomas More received a last minute “reprieve” from Henry VIII to “only” be beheaded.

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