People are not pets: Utah should reject assisted suicide


We should be particularly cautious about embracing a right to suicide for vulnerable individuals. The experience of other nations suggests that this “right,” initially limited to those experiencing terminal diseases and advertised as strictly voluntary, begins to be applied to a wider variety of cases, including some not strictly medical and, as in the case of Belgium, now extended to non-voluntary situations such as the euthanasia of children. Recently, a doctor in the Netherlands was cleared of wrongdoing by the government after he asked family members to hold a patient down so she could administer a lethal injection when the patient fought the procedure.

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