Like I keep saying: Euthanasia/assisted suicide is not about terminal illness. It is ultimately about allowing anyone with more than a transitory desire to die to be killed–whether by a doctor, a lay suicide facilitator, or even, family and friends.
And here we go again! Canadian legislation would legalize active lethal-injection euthanasia and assisted suicide for people with disabilities. From S. 225 (my emphases):
In order to be eligible to make a request for physician-assisted death, a person must…
have been diagnosed by a physician as having an illness, a disease or a disability, including a disability arising from traumatic injury,
(i) that causes the person physical or psychological suffering that is intolerable to that person and that cannot be alleviated by any medical treatment acceptable to that person, or
(ii) that results in the person being in a state of weakening capacities with no chance of improvement…
Do you see how broad and wide-open a killing license that would be allowed? This definition would permit Netherlands-style euthanasia of the diagnosed mentally ill, paraplegics, or even, asymptomatic HIV infection causing the patient great distress.
And can you understand why? This is the actual agenda–death on demand.
Whether to permit that is the debate we should be having. Anything else is phony, baloney pretense.
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LifeNews.com Note: Wesley J. Smith, J.D., is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture and a bioethics attorney who blogs at Human Exeptionalism.