Tuesday, 16 February 2010
In the beginning, Australian advocates of euthanasia promoted it as a humane exit for people with terminal illnesses. Now, apparently, euthanasia is becoming acceptable to its advocates as a way out for people who are simply "tired of life" (read:depression!), and now for the first time we have clear evidence that people who take their lives through a self-administered dose of the barbiturate nembutal, as recommended by euthanasia advocates, are often in their 20s and 30s. Click on the post title to read an article about these findings in yesterday's Sydney Morning Herald.
Note: Euthanasia is illegal in Australia, as is assisiting people to accomplish it, even through the electronic or telephonic provision of advice on how to do so. Actual prosecutions, however, have been negligible. One can perhaps understand the difficulties the authorities face in undertaking such prosecutions, but they must be alert to the development of a de facto tolerance of euthanasia which will further our slow slide into a culture of death.