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Euthanasia Pathogen Spreads — Case of the Elderly Indian Couple

Wesley J. Smith

Mumbai

A healthy elderly couple in India is asking for joint euthanasia because their lives are of no use. From the Telegraph story:

Mumbai: A city-based elderly couple have sought President Ram Nath Kovind’s permission for active euthanasia or “assisted suicide”, saying they “are of no use to the society or themselves”.

Narayan Lavate, 88, and Iravati, 78, who have no children and say their siblings are also no more, have likened their lives to life imprisonment and argued that keeping them alive against their wishes is a “waste of the country’s scarce resources as well as theirs.”

And they have offered a utilitarian “plum to society” (as I once put it), if their desire to be killed is allowed:

In their plea, the couple have said that they had “already committed to donate our bodies after death and whatever little wealth we have to the state treasury”.

No one would ever permit that! Right?

Wrong. In Belgium, Netherlands, and Canada, doctors already conjoin euthanasia with organ harvesting.

Doctors in Belgium and Netherlands also commit the occasional joint euthanasia homicides of elderly couples. Switzerland’s suicide tourism industry has also assisted “two-fers.” (I wonder if the suicidal couple received a discount from the individual death price?)

So, this is the nihilistic virus that euthanasia activists have unleashed. Alas, as this story illustrates, the pathogen is spreading.

For those who have eyes to see, let them see.

Photo: Mumbai’s iconic Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, by mayurvavadiya4152mora, via Pixabay.

Cross-posted at The Corner.

Wesley J. Smith

Chair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human Exceptionalism
Wesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.

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