If Mercy Killing Becomes Legal
"Death solves all problems...no man, no problem." ... Joseph Stalin
"We protest his hiring because Dr. Singer denies the intrinsic moral worth of an entire class of human beings - newborn children - and promotes policies that would deprive many infants with disabilities of their basic human right to legal protection against homicide." ... Princeton University student petition protesting Peter Singer's hiring.
"I can understand at the individual level that in some cases you wish it was all over with, but the problem is as a society you have to choose what's going to be your norm." ... "We have this idea that what happens to me is nobody's business. The problem with euthanasia is it requires another person to do it, and it requires a complicit society to authorize it." ... Margaret Somerville, founding director of the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law
"Certainly more people are killed against their will by euthanasia than are unjustly executed. And yet where are the voices raised against the former injustice?" ... Sam Schulman.
"Policies or practices that are implicitly premised on belief in a right to suicide or assisted suicide or euthanasia should be roundly rejected." ... Princeton professor Robert George.
"Physician-assisted suicide undermines the core values of our health care system- like protecting our nation’s most vulnerable citizens, including the elderly, people with disabilities, and people experiencing psychiatric diagnoses. Americans deserve better. I believe patients facing the end of their lives deserve to have a health care system that ensures access to the best and most comprehensive medical care possible, tailored to their needs. Physician-assisted suicide not only devalues health care, but it also devalues the lives of all human beings" . . . Congressman Brad Wenstrup, D.P.M. (R-OH).
"Patients with terminal illnesses and individuals with disabilities deserve access to hope. There are numerous concerns with assisted suicide laws and proposals, which may inadvertently affect persons with disabilities. This resolution is a step towards protecting vulnerable patients across the nation" . . . Congressman Lou Correa (D-CA).