Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 15, Canada’s Supreme Court will hear arguments about whether the criminalization of euthanasia is constitutional. The results won’t be known for several months. It’s good to remember the many reasons why euthanasia should never be sanctioned. Here, National Post columnist Barbara Kay explains one of them:
The essay goes on to describe each step – with copious facts and figures – along the way from euthanasia for “unbearable suffering” to involuntary euthanasia (a distressing number over there) to, in bio-ethicist Margo Somerville’s words, “institutionalizing murder in the medical profession.” It’s an excellent essay, but what haunts me most is the “glazed eyes” of her uncle at learning that a sad 50-year old asked for and received death at the hands of a psychiatrist. Glazed eyes, glazed hearts, glazed souls. That’s the real slippery slope.