Assisted suicide advocates are on a campaign to convince medical associations to adopt a position of “studied neutrality” (whatever that means).
“A doctor killing a patient is analogous to a pilot deliberately crashing a plane.”
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.
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.
This case is a matter of tremendous importance.
Some have commented on the case as if that is a product of the U.K.’s socialized medical system.