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Should OJ Be Given Assisted Suicide?



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O.J. Simpson, jailed for robbery after being found not guilty of murder, says he wants to die “his way.” From the Daily Mail story:

OJ Simpson has gone on hunger strike in prison, saying, ‘I used to live my way, and now I’m going to die my way,’ sources have claimed.

So, how about it, assisted suicide advocates: Rather than forcing him to engage in what euthanasia advocates tout as VSED (voluntarily stop eating and drinking), why not give him an overdose?

After all, he does not have a quality of life he finds acceptable–the actual basis for advocating assisted suicide. He wants to “die my way.” Why not?

I’ll answer: Because a truly compassionate society doesn’t accede to suicidal desires of our brothers and sisters. We try to help them past the darkness–whether caused by illness, grief, tired of living, or imprisonment.

By the way: This isn’t a product of my paranoid imagination: Some “right to die” advocates have already endorsed allowing assisted suicide for prisoners who would rather end it all than remain incarcerated.

 



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