“Legalizing euthanasia creates the potential for the most vulnerable and lonely to feel that they have no other option but death.”
“Killing patients, even if they want to die, violates the underpinning principle of the medical vocation itself. The focus must be on ensuring that palliative care is as excellent as possible, not on making it easier for patients to die.”
It’s long been predicted that the push to euthanise the terminally ill would soon devolve into a push to euthanise the inconvenient. What many seemingly didn’t realise was just how quickly we’d get to that point.
In the history of Australia, no sitting leader has gone to an election promising to legalise euthanasia as part of their party platform.
Children between the ages of 1 and 12 could soon be euthanized by doctors in the Netherlands, Health Minister Hugo de Jonge told Parliament last Tuesday.
If euthanasia is legalised then this is—as Aldous Huxley presciently predicted—the ‘Brave New World’ that we will endure.