Euthanasia: virtues and ethics will be disrupted if we cross threshold

Euthanasia: virtues and ethics will be disrupted if we cross threshold, by Paul Kelly.

The experience in every jurisdiction where physicians are authorised to kill patients or assist patients to kill themselves is an expanding cycle of terminations.

The numbers who “benefit” from this law will be far outweighed by the number of vulnerable, sick, disabled and elderly living in a new norm where expectations of “doing the right thing” and ceasing to be a burden will be immense.

The warnings from Palliative Care Victoria could not have been clearer. Australian Medical Association president Michael Gannon said this step meant crossing the Rubicon and restated the peak body’s position that “doctors should not be involved in interventions that have as their primary intention the ending of a person’s life”.

As Paul Keating eloquently said this week: “It is misleading to think allowing people to terminate their life is without consequence for the entire society.” …

This law imposes arbitrary boundaries on who is entitled to euthanasia and who is denied — boundaries that will be challenged both informally and formally on grounds of discrimination. That is inevitable.

hat-tip Stephen Neil