Human Exceptionalism

Fibbing for God? No, Lying for Death

The medical intelligentsia is increasingly supporting euthanasia–as doctors who actually work with the dying–remain strongly opposed.

Richard Horton, the editor of The Lancet is the latest example. Typically, he doesn’t really grapple with the substantive arguments made by assisted suicide/euthanasia opponents. Instead, he joins the pretense that opposition is based on religion. From, “Fibbing for God:”

Those who support the assisted dying Bill fear that some critics have deeper reasons for their opposition, reasons that have little or nothing to do with the quality of care of the terminally ill.

That’s not evidence. That’s mere assertion lacking wholly in proof or specificity, an intellectually inadequate approach that Horton would never permit from those seeking to place an article in The Lancet.

Back to Horton:

Personal religious belief, for example, might be a strong influence on judgments about assisted dying (God gave life, and only God can take it away)

Supporters of assisted dying claim that some of those resisting changes to the law do so by deliberately using speculative and misleading arguments—“fibbing for God”, as one put it to me.

Who said that to Horton? It’s baloney.

Here’s the truth: The opposition coalition against assisted suicide is as diverse as society, made up of secularists and religionists, pro-choice and pro-life advocates on abortion, liberals and conservatives.

There are certainly religious groups and individuals that oppose legalizing assisted suicide. But the vast majority of those advocates deploy rational and policy-based arguments–all well documented because in a media obsessed with Brittany Maynard-type stories, suicide opponents carry a greater burden of proof than the suicide pushers who can make blithe assurances of “guidelines” and have their gooey euphemisms embodied into the lexicon without skeptical scrutiny.

If you doubt me, just look at Richard Doerflinger’s splendid argumentation. Doerflinger speaks on this issue for the American Conference of Catholic Bishops. His work is always steeped in rational, evidence-based, public policy advocacy, never bromides about God.

In my experience, those who promote suicide are usually the liars and fibbers–such as pretending that Oregon has had no abuses. 

I suggest that Horton look up the names, Kate Cheney, Michael Freeland, Barbara Wagner, and Randy Stroup.

He should also note that some life-extending treatments are rationed on Medicaid in Oregon, but assisted suicide is always paid for by the taxpayers.

Not only that, but The Lancet has published studies about how euthanasia in the Netherlands has resulted in active infanticide.

No abuses? Pay closer attention to what is really going on. Perhaps Horton can start by reading his own damn journal!

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