By Brett Salkeld
The following is the third of a five-part series.
We live in a culture that makes an idol out of choice. In our basic and unquestioned public discourse choice per se, without any reference to the object of that choice, is seen as a basic good. Choice is understood as the sine qua non for authentic human freedom. Take away someone’s choice in any matter and you limit their freedom. This is seen as acceptable only when their choice might harm others.
It should not be surprising, then, that while the initial public arguments in favour of assisted suicide tended to hinge on eliminating unnecessary and extreme physical suffering, the discourse is quickly infused with the language of choice. “Who can presume,” we are asked, “to deny another person the right to choose to die?”
Indeed, children of one of Canada’s first assisted suicides told the media that, “Our father’s legacy comes down to one word: choice.”
We can leave aside, until...Read More