An editorial in today’s Ottawa Citizen says it’s a good idea to debate assisted suicide:
The deaths of a prominent British conductor and his terminally ill wife after drinking a fatal draught in a Swiss clinic this month have sparked an international debate about assisted suicide. Now, given a proposal by Quebec physicians, that debate is set to explode in Canada. And that is a good thing — no matter what your view on euthanasia.
The double suicide has led to a debate in Britain and elsewhere about the dangers of euthanasia, including that, by making it easier to end a life, those who feel they are a burden on others or society may feel pressure to do so. A debate to clarify how Canadians view the issue should be welcomed.
Totally. I’m game. Count me in. And while we’re all assembled, debating how Canadians view “end of life” issues, maybe we could squeeze in a session or two about how Canadians view “beginning of life” issues, too?by