Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Next Slippery Slope

The one that people said would not happen.

If, likewise, the court could reverse its own decision before, it may be persuaded to do so again. The justification offered for overturning Rodriguez was that in the interval the “matrix of legislative and social facts” had changed; that the fear that had justified the law then, namely that assisted suicide would otherwise come to be applied to a wider and wider expanse of the population, had been disproved by experience; or at any rate that whatever might have happened in Belgium and the Netherlands — where the numbers of those euthanized annually has skyrocketed, and where it is now available not only to children and the mentally ill but for the relief of all manner of ailments — could not happen here, on account of our differing “medico-legal cultures.”

But even if that were true at the time of the court’s ruling, it is clearly not true any more. The notion of extending assisted suicide to children and the mentally incompetent, once derided as “slippery slope” alarmism, is now the next item on the agenda. So it would be entirely open to the Court to find that the matrix of legislative and social facts had shifted again. 

I’m not saying it will. But it certainly won’t if it is not asked.

It is doubtful that the judicial activists in the Supreme Court would ever resist crossing a line that would turn Canada into Belgium or the Netherlands.

While the suffering of the sick and disabled is hard to imagine, it is equally hard to imagine how killing them off could equal compassion or medical progression. If one can't stand to see suffering, the object should be not eliminate the sufferer but eliminate the cause of suffering, some modern medicine can and should do and could do if permitted. Why spend time and money on cures or other treatments when it is easier to kill people off? Why question one's own moral compass when it has been decided that such things are as dispensable as life?

From Father Raymond de Souza:

To the sick and suffering, the court offers them the hemlock of a timely suicide. And according to the court, should the supply of the hemlock ever be in question, it is tantamount to being forced by the state to drink it today. It is an extreme, and extremely bleak vision.

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