AS on so many fronts today, the lying is relentless but those of us so inclined can never capitulate. So here we go again, this time regarding New South Wales: “Voluntary assisted dying” is homicide. Patients will not be “assisted.” They will be killed. Both parties will corrupt medicine itself, thereby endangering the lives of thousands in the future. If a candid dialogue is what euthanasia advocates want, it should be pointed out that the dying possess neither absolute moral authority nor foresight for generations. At a VAD photo-op this week, Liberal member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams claimed “overwhelming support” for a bill she has co-sponsored and Shayne Higson of ‘Dying with Dignity’ added the regulation mum or dad story:
“My own mum had brain cancer where the end stages is horrendous and it’s so traumatic to be forced to endure just the last few weeks of some of these illnesses.
“This is about giving dying people a compassionate, last resort choice.
“Data from the National Coronial Information System reveals that one in five suicides of people aged over 40 in NSW in 2019 were by people with a terminal or debilitating medical condition.
“And that is just unacceptable isn’t it?”
Hard cases and one-sided broken-heart stories of the kind being curated by the ABC (again) make bad law. Higson doesn’t explain why it is more acceptable for the state to offer an execution service to that 20 percent. Nor does he say how it will lift their spirits or make them feel more valued. Why are politicians and urgers suddenly treating euthanasia as an emergency action item? Whether it’s by design or is just cynical opportunism, they are taking advantage of the anything-goes hubris and mad-dash mania that continue to be hallmarks of the so-called pandemic.
There has been a lot of discussion lately by NIMBY libertarians – especially those of a certain age – on how vaccination mandates are not really antagonistic to freedom because a demonstrable public good (their own avoidance of a highly non-fatal flu) outweighs the private rights of everyone else. I would argue the externality of the state licensing killers will be the creeping, utilitarian diminution of the value assigned by medicine to the lives of the elderly, the terminally ill and the intellectually disabled. The merely private, perceived good of being euthanised – however fashionable it may be – is not worth that cost and never will be.