Friday, December 24, 2004

'Ten myths about assisted suicide' (Spiked)

A lot of the arguments against euthanasia (assisted suicide) are presented by religious groups including many Christians. Here's an interesting article that offers an analysis of ten myths about assisted suicide that are 'non-religious'. They include such 'myths' as:
  • It is just about individual autonomy
  • We all need the 'right to die'
  • The central issue is pain

and others. The author (Kevin Yuill) finishes the article with a compelling question of alternatives:

So shall we project our own cramped and gloomy worldview on to those who are most sensitive to counsels of despair? Or shall we continue to view all human life as valuable, doctors as curers of physical disease (rather than prescribers of death for therapeutic reasons), and life as worth living?

You can read the full article here: Ten myths about assisted suicide.

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