Liberals and Atheists Can Also Oppose Assisted Dying

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(The Economist) – Opposition to assisted dying is usually derided as being religious in nature, which is easier than confronting hard questions or inconvenient truths.

It is easier to shut down “religious bigots” than to consider what they say, just as it is easier to use the term “assisted dying” instead of the more accurate but controversial “assisted suicide.”

I’m an atheist and a liberal. I support abortion rights. You might think that would make me supportive of assisted suicide. Anyone who looks closely and critically at the issue will see past the emotive stories and simplistic assumptions used to justify the push for legalisation.

The most serious case made by advocates for assisted suicide is autonomy. Yet what stands out for this most recent toleration of at least some suicides is the lack of autonomy; to be legitimate, it seems, suicide must be sanctioned by that new priesthood, medical authority. CONTINUE