The case of Ruth Goodman is a perfect example of how confused, illogical, uninformed and sometimes untruthful many proponents of euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide are.
Goodman killed herself on Feb. 2, with no assistance, at the age of 91 in her Vancouver home, in a bid to change physician-assisted suicide laws. If you’re scratching your head right now and saying, “huh?” don’t be alarmed, you are thinking clearly and are not losing your mind.
In short, Goodman’s final act makes no sense. The reason this woman’s last act is so strange is because everyone already has the right to die. Suicide is not illegal.
“I am a 91-year-old woman who has decided to end my life in the very near future,” wrote Goodman, who had worked at an abortion clinic and was involved with the B.C. Civil Liberties Association.
“I do not have a terminal illness; I am simply old, tired and becoming dependent, after a wonderful life of independence,” she wrote.
“By the time people read this, I will have died. I am writing this letter to advocate for a change in the law so that all will be able to make this choice.”
To reiterate, everyone already can make “this choice.” It’s not illegal to kill yourself. No laws have to be changed. Anyone and everyone can commit suicide as long as they don’t endanger anyone else while doing so.
What so-called right-to-die activists are actually seeking is the right for people to help other people to die – they want the right to kill other people and to have other people kill them, making legal what has been illegal in most sane places, since time immemorial.
In countries where euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are legal – like the Netherlands – it is documented that thousands of people have been killed involuntarily by their physicians without their consent, even when a full recovery was possible.
Alas, this illogical and discordant story about Goodman has garnered much media attention, and that in itself is disturbing when you consider another story about euthanasia that has not received any mainstream media attention.
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