Tuesday, 18 March 2014

"The Real Debate we should be having" Wesley Smith

Another expose of the pro-dying rhetoric from Wesley Smith:

The Hemlock Society Compassion and Choices spends millions a year–much from the culturally subversive George Soros–pushing the legalization of doctor-prescribed death. It is an ideological quest that divides the American people pretty much down the middle.

Regardless of polling numbers–which can vary based on how the questions are asked–legalizing assisted suicide is definitely not a high agenda item on the American public’s “things to do” in public policy list.  Most people just aren’t that into it, even if they might abstractly support legalization in a poll.

That’s why I got a chuckle out of the organization’s most recent annual report depicting their constant agitating for legalizing assisted suicide as “liberty on the march”– illustrated by a cartoon of a huge Statute of Liberty followed by thousands of people. But I don’t know of any demonstration in favor of assisted suicide that attracted more than a hundred or so.

Rather, than being grass roots, the assisted suicide movement is primarily driven by well-tailored and well paid elites.

Contrast that with social and cultural issues that have truly engaged large segments of the population–civil rights, same sex marriage, or an end to abortion–all have seen huge demonstrations of adherents demanding change. 

C & C is also distinctly anti-Catholic Church, seeing it as the greatest roadblock to legalized assisted suicide. From the report:
Government has no place dictating religious doctrine, just as religious leaders have no place dictating the decisions of dying Americans.
No, religious leaders are not “dictating,” any more than I am in my public work opposing assisted suicide.

In a free country, everyone has the right to weigh in on matters of public import, including supporters of C & C, me, disability rights activists, families of the dying, medical professional organizations, and “religious leaders.” That’s truly “liberty on the march.”  

One final point: If “legalizing assisted suicide is truly a fundamental liberty issue, how can it be limited to a small cohort?  If suffering = a right to be made dead, than all suffering people have a right to the remedy. That is the real debate we should be having.


  1. It is a "small cohort" because in our society no one thinks much about their own death until they are close to it. If you do the arithmetic, that number will always be small at any one time. However if you were to poll just those people facing death and compare the number who approve of assisted suicide against those facing death who don't, you would find an overwhelmingly larger number of the former. The use of the term "small cohort" in this article is misleading, and coming from an intelligent guy like this, you have to wonder if it is deliberately so.

    1. Nic, your claim that those facing death 'overwhelmingly' support assisted suicide or euthanasia cannot be supported by fact and, intuitively, is not the case. Sure, people fear what may come - that's normal. But good care allays such fear and deals with everything as it comes. If people's experience is otherwise, then they are simply not getting good care. Not an argument for killing.

  2. Jesus went about telling people the good news of reconciliation between God & people & between peoples while healing their dis-eases & sicknesses- of course at severe cost to Himself. More of this work by Jesus' disciples would change this debate I believe. Blessings Ian
    Ian K