Human Exceptionalism

Push for Paralyzed Assisted Suicide in UK

Assisted suicide is not about terminal illness. It is about creating a legal right to be made dead. In the USA, this agenda is more hidden than elsewhere, but anyone with eyes to see can discern that truth.

Latest example in the UK where a paralyzed man has sued to create a right to assisted suicide. From The Guardian story:

A paralysed builder who has required round-the-clock care since a car accident 23 years ago has applied to the high court to be allowed to die with the help of a doctor, carrying on the legal fight begun by another seriously disabled man last year. Paul Lamb, 57, has taken on the case brought by Tony Nicklinson, a sufferer of “locked-in syndrome” who died last year, a week after losing his high court euthanasia battle…

On 13 March this year, a high court judge agreed to let Lamb take over Nicklinson’s appeal. This week the court agreed that Lamb could be named publicly after he told them he was ready to die. “I cannot carry on as all that my life consists of is being fed and watered,” he said in a witness statement. He needed help to end his life, he said: “I am simply not in a position to take tablets, jump off a tall building, hang myself, throw myself in front of a moving train.” His case will be joined to another brought by Jane Nicklinson, appealing against the judgment that condemned her husband to a life he no longer wanted to lead.

That last comment, which I italicized, is an example of truth in advertising: The real issue in the euthanasia/assisted suicide debate is whether anyone–even minors–with a sustained desire to die should have access to assistance, either through a lethal prescription, a lethal injection, or a suicide clinic. That is the debate we should be having. Anything else is tactical subterfuge.

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

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