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Suicide But Not Assisted Suicide

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To say – as Ezekiel Emanuel, the Chair of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health, has said – that there should be a right to suicide, but not to medically assisted suicide, is exactly as coherent as saying that there should be a right to abortion, but not to medically assisted abortion.

Telling a would-be suicide that he has a perfectly good legal right to commit suicide, and is free to shoot, hang, or cut himself, makes as much moral sense as assuring a pregnant 14-year-old that she has a perfectly good legal right to an abortion, and is free to self-abort with a knitting needle.

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Written by Sister Y

January 30, 2009 at 9:24 pm

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  1. fuck yeah! well said.

    nil

    February 5, 2009 at 11:45 pm

  2. Thanks pumpkin. ❤

    Sister Y

    February 6, 2009 at 4:12 pm


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