Saturday, April 09, 2005

Self-Determination vs. "Assisted-Suicide"

Thomas A. Bowden of the Ayn Rand Institute writes, "“The right to life includes and implies the right to commit suicide. To hold otherwise——to declare that society or God must give you permission to kill yourself——is to contradict the right to life at its root.”"

If that is so, then why does Bowden, in the same article, endorse the assisted-suicide law in Oregon (and the proposed law in Vermont), which, in his words, “"permits physicians to prescribe a lethal dose of drugs to a mentally competent, terminally ill patient who makes written and oral requests, consults two doctors, and endures a mandatory waiting period”"?

That sounds like the "“right"” to ask permission to commit suicide, rather than the right to end one’'s own life. That "contradict[s] the right to life at its root." A consistent advocate of the right to commit suicide would oppose "“assisted-suicide”" laws and endorse full self-determination, which of course includes repeal of professional licensing, prescription laws, and the ban on forbidden drugs.


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