Why we’re debating euthanasia now



October 26, 2009

By Margaret Somerville, Ottawa Citizen – October 23, 2009:

Why is Canada’s Parliament now considering a bill to legalize euthanasia (a term I use here to include assisted suicide), when we have prohibited it for millennia? Not one of the bottom-line conditions usually linked with calls for legalizing euthanasia — that a person is terminally ill, wants to die and we can kill them — is new. These factors have been part of the human condition for as long as humans have existed. And our capacity to relieve pain and suffering has improved remarkably. So, is some other cause the main one? [Keep reading this insightful article here.]

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