Dodging assisted dying’? We will be!
In putting the case for legalising ‘assisted dying’, correspondents cite ‘personal choice’, ‘unbearable pain’, people ‘tired of life’, and ‘terrible suffering’ for which pets would be put down (Letters, Daily Mail, April 20, 2021).
But if we treat human beings like animals - who cannot request ‘euthanasia’ – we will end up killing for our own convenience. One correspondent asks why she cannot ‘sign a legal document stating my end of life requirements’ – she can, and without jeopardising anyone else’s right to life.
As others warn, changing the law ‘for a few hard cases’ would, like legalising abortion, lead to the trivialisation of life and the normalisation of mass killing.
Every jurisdiction that has gone down this slippery path has ditched the ‘safeguards’ that helped the law get on the statute book. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/20/dutch-euthanasia-rules-changed-after-acquittal-in-sedative-case
Here, the presumption that the elderly and sick would be better off dead gave us the notorious Liverpool Pathway and the blanket DNR scandal. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/03/18/do-not-resuscitate-scandal-must-addressed-top/
It is not ‘dodging the issue’ to to demand better care for the sick, the elderly and those in the last phase of life, because if assisted suicide is legalised, these will be hard to come by; killing is always easier – and cheaper - than caring. We now have better cures and better care than ever before, for everyone, whereas legalising euthanasia would have meant better treatment only for the wealthy. https://www.christian.org.uk/news/assisted-suicide-never-necessary-palliative-care-experts-say/
We should stand up for the right to life of the weak and helpless rather than demanding the ‘right to death’, because when we become weak and helpless, there will be no one to stand up for us. If we don’t stop ‘dodging the issue’ of better care for the poor and needy, we will end up trying to dodge the lethal injection.