Human Exceptionalism

Pro-Suicide Tribunals Proposed for UK

Whatever it takes! That’s the motto of the assisted suicide movement to get that first foot in the door of legalization. Do that, and over time, the death agenda will spread like a stain.

In the UK–which has seen several assisted suicide legalization attempts fail over the last decade–the idea is to now establish suicide tribunals to decide who can check out. From the New Scientist story:

A new tribunal style system to provide sympathetic and speedy consideration for each and every terminally-ill patient who wishes to end their lives is needed according to Claudia Carr, from the University of Hertfordshire’s School of Law. The proposed system is being presented in a paper at the 1st Global Conference on Suicide, Self-Harm and Assisted Dying being held in Athens this week.

Can you believe that? A conference on self-harm with proposals to facilitate self harm?

Suicide tribunals would at least keep some people from doing the deed, right? Nope. It would be a tribunal that never said no:

The introduction of a specialised tribunal panel, comprising representatives from both the judiciary and the medical profession, can assess each case on its merits. The proposed system would seek to confirm whether the patient has a terminal condition from which they will die within 9-12 months, and each patient will be given a cooling off period to explore options of palliative care. Each case will be recorded and each death reported.

The panel will ensure that the patient is not being unduly pressurised and the person who will assist has nothing to gain. Each case will be closely monitored and each patient’s dignity to die as they choose will be respected.

Doctors very often don’t know who will die in a year of a terminal illness. Oh, who cares: The point is to advance the agenda.

Besides, if the tribunal ever did say no, the self-destructive person could just fly to Switzerland to be made dead at a suicide clinic. And then the cry would go out: She should have been able to kill herself at home!

Culture of death, Wesley? What culture of death?

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

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