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VSED: A New Form of Assisted Suicide

Super Bowl LII is in the books now, and everybody knows that the Philadelphia Eagles were victorious on the field—finally! But what about the real battle of Super Bowl Sunday—that is, who won the contest for best commercial?

Doritos and Mountain Dew have my vote for the lip-sync duel between Morgan Freeman (Missy Elliott) and Peter Dinklage (Busta Rhymes)—how could you not laugh? But the Amazon Alexa parody was a close second, especially when chef Gordon Ramsay responded to a query about a grilled cheese sandwich recipe. “Pathetic,” he declares with venom. “You’re 32 years of age and you don’t know how to make a grilled cheese sandwich. Its name is the recipe!”

I thought about this recently when I came across the American Nurses Association’s recent position statement on “Nutrition and Hydration at the End of Life” and its brief discussion of VSED—or, as the ANA spells out, the choice to “voluntarily stop eating and drinking.” Have you heard of VSED? If you haven’t, you will. It’s the latest attempt by the Culture of Death to persuade us that human autonomy is paramount, and everything else—including life itself—subordinate. It sounds so straightforward, but apparently not, for the ANA found it necessary to include a second descriptive definition about halfway into the document: “The decision to voluntarily and deliberately stop eating and drinking with the primary intention of hastening death is known as VSED.” I imagine some lawyer or bioethicist decided that an additional clear articulation of the acronym’s terms was required, but it does seem to be restating the obvious—that is, to paraphrase Ramsay’s Alexa, VSED’s name is indeed the recipe.

Read more at Crisis. 

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