Human Exceptionalism

France Socialists Heart Euthanasia

Opposing assisted suicide/euthanasia should be a top liberal agenda item. (For example, see Robert P. Jones, Nat Hentoff, Dr. Rex Green, and most disability rights activists–such as Diane Coleman.) Indeed, that was certainly the cut of my jib when I first got involved in the issue. 

But the harder the leftwingism of the political party, too often, the more enamored it is of the culture of death. So too, France, where Socialist Prime Minister Hollande wants to legalize euthanasia. From the Reuters story:

President Francois Hollande reaffirmed his aim to legalise voluntary euthanasia on Monday after a majority of France’s national ethics committee advised him not to let doctors help the terminally ill take their lives. Hollande said France would hold a national debate on the issue in coming months and his government would submit a bill in parliament by year’s end that would go beyond the current law that bars doctors from providing assisted suicide.

Looks to me as if Hollande isn’t much interested in facts and reasoning that a debate might educe. 

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