Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day Coming Up, But Assisted Suicide Left Out
by Steven Ertelt
September 7, 2010
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — September 10 is Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day but one bioethics watchdog says the day is apparently lost on euthanasia advocates who promote assisted suicide. Attorney and author Wesley J. Smith says the day could have more substance if all suicides were included.
"The well meaning people behind WSPD have missed — or were afraid of the controversy that would be caused by tacklingthe proverbial elephant in the living room," Smith notes. "You see, many high profile voices now urge that suicide not only be permitted, but facilitated."
Smith says he worries the event will "not be very effective."
"I don’t see how suicide prevention can be effective when there is so much outright suicide promotion going on," he says.
Smith is upset that the organizers of the day are "silent about the threat posed to the cause of suicide reduction by assisted suicide and ‘rational suicide’ advocacy. Not. A. Peep."
The website for the promotion of Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day have official activities it is supporting for "suicide prevention and awareness, survivors of suicide and for the memory of loved lost ones.
For those who can’t make it, a new event called Light a Candle on World Suicide Prevention Day" takes place on the evening of the 10th.
"We are hoping this activity will bring light into the world and increase awareness of the good work so many people do in preventing suicide," the web site says.
But for Smith, that is symbolism over substance at a time when assisted suicide and euthanasia are claiming thousands of lives across the country and around the world.
"We have become a world in which meaningless symbols often matter more than effective action. Not only does Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day not tackle the problem of suicide promotion in societyit suggests we engage in gesture advocacy to show how much we care," Smith continued.
"Don’t get me wrong. I am obviously for suicide prevention and the WSPD can’t hurt. But avoiding crucial issues and engaging in, It makes me feel good symbolism, just doesn’t cut it," he concludes.
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