The absurd logic of assisted suicide

by Andrew Coyne, National Post, 17 December 2015

Andrew Coyne asks some uncomfortable questions as Canada considers the practicalities of introducing assisted suicide.

Among the many questions left unanswered in the report of the Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Dying, one strikes me as inescapable. When dispatching a patient by lethal injection, would a doctor be obliged to sterilize the needle?

I think they almost certainly would. Old habits die hard, you should pardon the expression, and the unconscious need to shroud an act that at time of writing remains illegal under the Criminal Code as a routine medical procedure would make it unthinkable to do otherwise, however nonsensical it may be.

That’s the thing about normalizing suicide. It requires us to set aside all prior assumptions except the most absurd ones. 

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