Who Assists with Suicide
The exhausting effort to legalize assisted suicide is like so many other ill-conceived notions of our times. The persuasive forces of video and social media advocates for “aid in dying” not only fail to consider the long-term ramifications of such a movement, they don’t even give thought as to whose job it is anyway.
Nearly three decades ago, I read a paper that raised the issue of who does the killing when killing becomes legal. Unlike execution chambers where death is carried out as a final act of judgment on the condemned, there is no such judgment on those seeking aid-in-dying.
The executioner on death row plays a role in carrying out full justice on a prisoner who most often is guilty of terminating someone else’s life – most often in a gruesome and premeditated manner. Death came as the result of a judicial process reminiscent of the eye-for-any-eye culture of the past. Whether you agree with the death penalty or not, the executioner is the final cog in a wheel of justice.
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