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What Euthanasia Enthusiasts Really Want



Assisted-suicide advocacy is wrapped in euphemisms and false assurances. We are often told that medicalized killing will be “a last resort” reserved for the terminally ill, to be deployed only in the context of a long-term relationship with a caring doctor and, even then, strictly when there is no other way to alleviate suffering.

But that’s just sales puffery. In fact, no law requires objective proof of unalleviable pain and suffering before death can be administered. Such regulatory “protective guidelines,” as they are often called, offer to society false assurances of control and act as the honey (if you will) that helps the hemlock go down.

In societies such as Belgium and the Netherlands in which euthanasia consciousness has been popularly embraced, doctor-facilitated suicide is available to the dying, the disabled, the elderly, the mentally ill—and even some married couples who choose death over the prospect of future widowhood.

Given current events in Canada, those who have assured themselves that such horrible things could never happen here may be in for a nasty awakening, for Canada’s culture closely reflects our own. When the Canadian Supreme Court conjured in its governing Charter the right to receive euthanasia for virtually any diagnosed condition that causes “irremediable suffering”—a term that includes “psychological pain,” disability, and suffering that is deemed irremediable because alleviating treatment is refused by the patient—I hoped Canadian doctors would revolt. Instead, the medical establishment and Canadian society have actively embraced a culture of death perhaps even more radical than that infecting Belgium and the Netherlands.

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