Politics & Philosophy by Dr. Martin D. Hash, Esq.
No word strikes more fear into the hearts of Old People than “euthanasia,” mercy killing, which is why you rarely hear it discussed. Physician-assisted suicide, which is legal in six States, is often confused with euthanasia, but in cases of euthanasia the physician administers the means of death, rather than the patient taking their own life under a doctor's supervision. Euthanasia is legal in some parts of the Western World but not in the U.S. Many people, mostly Holly-Rollers, say State-sponsored suicide leads inevitably to euthenasia but so far that hasn't been the case, and even if it was, almost 90% of the public support euthanasia for the terminally ill or those on life support, and over half of doctors do too.
In the topsy-turvy world of the future, where a small number of workers are going to be supporting an ever-increasing burden of retired people who only consume goods & services without producing any themselves, supplies will be limited, which means euthanasia will definitely be getting some airtime. Whereas Physician-assisted suicide is an issue of Personal Liberty because the patient makes their own decision, euthanasia is a social issue that could sidestep the patient's liberty. Some choices are too difficult for a society to make until forced too, and euthanasia is certainly one, but many other pressing decisions in America are also seemingly impossible to make. Due to the demogogery of democracy, we have become a nation that only acts under duress.
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