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This Country Just Legalized Euthanasia

The law isn't even limited to those who are terminally ill

Alas. The president of Portugal just signed into law a bill legalizing euthanasia by lethal injection. It is not limited to the terminally ill — which is at least honest, since that is not what euthanasia/assisted suicide is really all about. From the Reuters story:

The law specifies that people would be allowed to request assistance in dying in cases when they are “in a situation of intense suffering, with definitive injury of extreme gravity or serious and incurable disease.”

It establishes a two-month gap between accepting a request and the actual procedure and makes psychological support mandatory.

Strict guidelines and all that jazz. Not only are they unlikely to be strictly enforced but will soon be redefined from protections to barriers, toward the end of being loosened — an ongoing process that pushes virtually every jurisdiction with legalized euthanasia/assisted suicide toward ever-widening the qualifications to be made dead.

So Portugal now joins the International Death Caucus, consisting of (at my last count) most of Australia, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Austria, Panama, Germany (which has a court-declared fundamental right to commit suicide, be assisted, and assist, without regard to rhyme or reason) and nine U.S. states. France may legalize soon, and the agitation continues in the U.K., Scotland, and Ireland, as well as several U.S. states.

Meanwhile, Nevada’s legislature, in a close vote, passed a bill legalizing assisted suicide. Hey, Republican governor Joe Lombardo! Veto it!

In all of this, I am reminded of the old adage, be careful what you ask for because you just might get it. Once a culture accepts killing/suicide as an acceptable answer to suffering, sooner or later it will become death-embracing — like Canada, where nearly 30 percent of the population sees induced death as an acceptable remedy for the misery caused by poverty.

Wesley J. Smith

Chair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human Exceptionalism
Wesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.

This Country Just Legalized Euthanasia