Dr. Egnor, in contrast to Dr. Coyne, has worked with, operated on, and helped many children with the conditions that Coyne thinks should justify killing them.
One just needs the terminal diagnosis — sometimes mistaken — to qualify for the lethal pills.
There is much to agree with in Yale University clinical neurologist Steven Novella’s recent article on the p-value.
This is not a slippery slope. This is an ice cliff.
Here’s the problem: Strict guidelines rarely are strict and they almost never offer permanent protection.
Jerry Coyne argues, astonishingly, that the vulnerability of handicapped children justifies killing them.
There will be much more to say about the utilitarian drift of medicine and the increasing loss of patient autonomy.
It may start with curing disease. But it won’t stay there. Many are drooling to engage in eugenic genetic enhancements.
“How can you understand where life came from if you don’t understand how it actually works?”
It is homicide: no different in outcome — i.e., killing — from if the doctor shot the patient in the head.