Remember when we were pooh-poohed for suggesting that death panels would be a part of nationalized medicine?
The Canadian government okayed the killing of more than 10,000 citizens last year under their law called “Medical Assistance In Dying”. This represents more than 3% of all deaths in Canada that year.
Written by Ross Douthat in the New York Times:
In recent years, Canada has established some of the world’s most permissive euthanasia laws, allowing adults to seek either physician-assisted suicide or direct euthanasia for many different forms of serious suffering, not just terminal disease. In 2021, over 10,000 people ended their lives this way, just over 3 percent of all deaths in Canada. A further expansion, allowing euthanasia for mental-health conditions, will go into effect in March 2023; permitting euthanasia for “mature” minors is also being considered.
In the era of populism there is a lively debate about when a democracy ceases to be liberal. But the advance of euthanasia presents a different question: What if a society remains liberal but ceases to be civilized?
I acknowledge and recognize the opinions of many who look upon euthanasia as a blessing for those who suffer from terrible pain and suffering. Aside from the moral aspects of euthanasia, I question the wisdom of government officials to make the decisions about who should and should not die.