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Sunday, July 6, 2014

"Yes" to euthanasia brings a seismic shift in values

Margaret Somerville

Why, after millenniums of prohibiting the intentional killing of another human being, in particular by physicians, did Quebec politicians think euthanasia is a "progressive" idea that must be implemented without delay? Bill 52, originally introduced by the Parti Québécois government, was rapidly reintroduced by the Liberals and passed Thursday.

Why did Quebec politicians fail to give sufficient weight to the dangers and harms of legalizing euthanasia, especially to vulnerable people - those who are old and fragile or disabled, and whose lives are denigrated by euthanasia's message that they are not worth living? (...)

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