Remember the “my choice” mantra of the pro-assisted suicide people? It’s my life. It’s my death. It’s my choice.”
Well, not really.
Listen to this great radio discussion between Not Dead Yet’s John Kelly, the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition’s Alex Schadenberg, and a Belgian doctor whose whole argument is about how carefully he makes his choice to grant or deny a request for euthanasia. As Kelly and Schadenberg repeatedly point out that he’s talking about his choice, not the patient’s, he seems totally unaware that anyone might think there is anything wrong or scary about this. He’s not the slightest bit embarrassed that he chooses, based on his perceptions of the patient’s suffering. He seems to think of himself as a very nice, benevolent god, doing his duty when he stops a patient’s perceived suffering by stopping the patient.
With legal euthanasia and assisted suicide, it’s always the doctor’s choice. A patient may make the request, but it’s entirely up to the doctor to choose whether to grant or deny it.
Take the time to listen to this one. You will be glad you did.