Human Exceptionalism

Folly of French Ethics Council Euthanasia OK

Something called the French Medical Ethics Council has recommended allowing euthanasia in “extraordinary” cases. What folly.  France borders on Belgium and Switzerland–and is in easy driving distance from the Netherlands–all of which demonstrate that the culture of death, once unleashed, cannot permanently be controlled. From the AFP story:

France’s medical ethics council said Thursday that assisted suicide should be allowed in exceptional cases when suffering patients make “persistent and lucid requests” in a step forward to legalising euthanasia. Invoking a “duty to humanity,” the body said that this should be permitted upon the “persistent, lucid and repeated requests from someone suffering from an ailment for which the treatment has become ineffective”. But it said the condition should be verified “not by a sole doctor but a medical team”.

Talk about a death panel!

I wonder if the French bioethicists took a close look at the wild euthanasia/assisted suicide occurring with regularity in France’s neighboring countries–each example on the list below is well documented–and if so, how they could seriously think that allowing doctors to kill patients or assist in their suicides will long remain limited:

  • Infanticide;

  • Euthanasia of the mentally ill;

  • “Termination without request or consent;”

  • Euthanasia of elderly “tired of life;”

  • Euthanasia of anorexic women;

  • Euthanasia of the physically disabled;

  • Joint euthanasia deaths of elderly couples who don’t want to live without each other;

  • Joint euthanasia couple of disabled identical twins in Belgium.

  • Euthanasia of the chronically ill;

  • Euthanasia of the chronically grieving;

  • Doctors teaching suicidal patients how to kill themselves;

  • Coupling euthanasia with organ harvesting.

The French ethicists can fool themselves by thinking that the same thing won’t happen in France if it travels Euthanasia Road. Or they might not care what happens, but know that the promise of limitations is needed for public acceptance. Or, they might just be doing the political bidding of the Socialist Party, currently in power, that favors assisted suicide. But France’s neighbors show that the term “limited euthanasia” is an oxymoron.  

Most Popular

History

The 1620 Project

On November 11, 1620, the Mayflower arrived on the eastern coast of North America. She had weathered the slings and arrows of maritime misfortune for almost ten weeks at that point, but the passengers thought the discomfort of crossing a small price to pay for passage to the Promised Land. After all, these were ... Read More
History

The 1620 Project

On November 11, 1620, the Mayflower arrived on the eastern coast of North America. She had weathered the slings and arrows of maritime misfortune for almost ten weeks at that point, but the passengers thought the discomfort of crossing a small price to pay for passage to the Promised Land. After all, these were ... Read More
White House

Implications of the Flynn Pardon

President Trump granted a pardon to Michael Flynn, his former national-security adviser, today. Flynn had pled guilty to lying to FBI agents about conversations, during the 2016 transition, with the Russian ambassador about sanctions. Flynn’s pardon should bring to an end one gross violation of the ... Read More
White House

Implications of the Flynn Pardon

President Trump granted a pardon to Michael Flynn, his former national-security adviser, today. Flynn had pled guilty to lying to FBI agents about conversations, during the 2016 transition, with the Russian ambassador about sanctions. Flynn’s pardon should bring to an end one gross violation of the ... Read More
History

Thanksgiving Is Not a Lie

We live in a time of heedless iconoclasm, and so one of the country’s oldest traditions is under assault. Thanksgiving is increasingly portrayed as, at best, based on falsehoods and, at worst, a whitewash of genocide against Native Americans. The New York Times ran a piece the other day titled, “The ... Read More
History

Thanksgiving Is Not a Lie

We live in a time of heedless iconoclasm, and so one of the country’s oldest traditions is under assault. Thanksgiving is increasingly portrayed as, at best, based on falsehoods and, at worst, a whitewash of genocide against Native Americans. The New York Times ran a piece the other day titled, “The ... Read More

The Imaginary Trump

Like Andrew Jackson, Donald Trump is man who represents the age in which he lived. Whatever you may think of the age. Jackson embodied a generation of men who had risen and made their mark in a young country. He represented their desire for greater representation, even if it had costs for slaves and Indians. He ... Read More

The Imaginary Trump

Like Andrew Jackson, Donald Trump is man who represents the age in which he lived. Whatever you may think of the age. Jackson embodied a generation of men who had risen and made their mark in a young country. He represented their desire for greater representation, even if it had costs for slaves and Indians. He ... Read More
Culture

On Being Grateful

My mother always enjoyed making Thanksgiving dinner. She took a traditional Southern woman’s pride in being a good cook, following her mother’s recipes, and my family made a rare display of kindness by declining to inform her that she was a fairly dreadful cook, one whose kitchen alchemy on the electric range ... Read More
Culture

On Being Grateful

My mother always enjoyed making Thanksgiving dinner. She took a traditional Southern woman’s pride in being a good cook, following her mother’s recipes, and my family made a rare display of kindness by declining to inform her that she was a fairly dreadful cook, one whose kitchen alchemy on the electric range ... Read More
Economy & Business

Shopping Superstitions

It’s the boss-bossiest time of the year, when Americans getting ready to open up their wallets to buy Christmas presents are lectured by illiterate halfwits about where and how to spend their money. The usual demands: Buy local, or buy from small businesses. This is pure nonsense, and you should feel free to ... Read More
Economy & Business

Shopping Superstitions

It’s the boss-bossiest time of the year, when Americans getting ready to open up their wallets to buy Christmas presents are lectured by illiterate halfwits about where and how to spend their money. The usual demands: Buy local, or buy from small businesses. This is pure nonsense, and you should feel free to ... Read More