Quote: Originally Posted by karrie
what do you mean by 'however'? How is voluntary suicide even remotely correlated to involuntary euthanasia? I don't see why people bring the two up side by side so often. It's a completely separate issue, one society could address without having to allow euthanasia.
However means that even when you are talking about a person deciding to end their own life we deny them that choice. Quite apart from Latimer and his decision to end his child's life we refuse to allow a person control over life and death for themselves.
The two are brought up together because assisted suicide is not allowed because of the fear that doctors or health insurance beaurocrats or whoever will be allowed to decide when it is time for us to die, rather than strive to enhance human life and save people in dire circumstances. We want to know that people will respect our lives. This is essentially the "slippery slope" argument allowing anyone to decide that our lives our no longer worth living destroys human worth and dignity.
If i have terminal cancer and am living in pain with no hope of recovery and my choice is to end my life why can't i choose death?
If i am brain dead and have decided beforehand that I don't want to live in such a condition why can't my wishes be respected?
If I am the parent of a child who is suffering pain and who has no chance of recovery why can't I end their life?
If I am tired of dealing with a vegitative, brain dead child why can't I, as a parent decide that life should be discontinued?
I don't like your life, can I kill you?
Of course we need to prosecute murderers. Do we need to prosecute those people that assist suicidal terminaly ill patients? Should we demand another pound of flesh from Rober Latimer?
It is ours to decide.
Robert Latimer decided that he would suffer the punishment that society required to save his child from more pain. All of the could of, would of, should of's are irrelevant. Only the parent and child mattered in this instance. Society can punish and punish, Latimer should stick to his guns. Is he a martyr? Mabey. Is he a cruel heartless killer? I think not.