Human Exceptionalism

Assisted Suicide for Fun and Profit in Kenya?

Kenya is a very poor country. But some among the assisted suicide crowd apparently see it as prime pickings for the well off in that country, with suicide tourism for profit being proposed. From the story:

Kenya could become the first country in Africa to legalise doctor-assisted suicide if lobbying by a group of local and foreign investors succeeds in convincing lawmakers to make it legal for terminally ill patients to be assisted to die.

Mr John Hurst, a British investor and the managing director of Dignity International, is the man behind the plans to introduce the Doctor Assisted Suicide (DAS) in Kenya. He says the logic behind assisted-suicide is that since the terminally ill patient will eventually die, it would be better to hasten their death to save the patient from pain and the family from the financial burden that may arise after prolonged treatment.

If allowed in Kenya, terminally ill patients will be required to pay Sh300,000 for the service including burial. The act will not be done in Kenya, rather the patient will be flown to Switzerland for the process to take place. The dead patient will then be flown back for burial.

Of course Switzerland doesn’t require people to be terminally ill to participate in suicide tourism. But never mind. Suicide is a necessity. We must be sure people don’t suffer.

Culture of Death? What Culture of Death? Wesley, it is all in your paranoid imaginings.

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