Human Exceptionalism

Celebrities Push Suicide Pacts

A celebrity UK couple are publicly pushing suicide–in the context of planning their own if they become seriously ill. From the Telegraph story:

TV couple Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan say they have given each other “a pledge” to help end their lives if they become seriously ill. The pair, who have just announced their choices for their latest book club, said the recent death of Madeley’s mother had got them thinking about the subject.

He told the Daily Telegraph: ” If Judy was really ill and in logical mind, and at that point where you just need a little push to go over the edge I wouldn’t give a tuppenny f*** if there was a risk of being prosecuted. I’d do what was right for my wife. And I’d take the consequences. That is your job, that is your responsibility as a partner.” Finnigan agreed, telling the newspaper: ” And I’d do the same. Stuff it all. We’ve made ourselves give each other a pledge along those lines.”

Why limit it to illness? If life becomes unacceptable to your beloved, help push him or her off suicide cliff. 

It is particularly dangerous when the famous and admired give their blessing to suicide. It can cause those barely able to stay on this side of the line a license to take the step.

Ah Wesley, so what? What matters is them. They are, after all, celebrities!

Wesley J. Smith — Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism.

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