New Scientist: “FEW situations could be more distressing. Femke, a girl aged 14, has terminal bone cancer, cannot tolerate the pain and wants to die. The Belgian government is proposing to grant such a wish. It wants to legalise euthanasia for children of all ages – the first country in the world to do so.”
I’ve been saving my breath on this general topic for a pretty long time. It’s time to exhale: as I see it, a right to live is a right to die. Put differently, a right to die is a right of self-determination, i.e. the most fundamental of our freedoms. Dying is part of living. Dying and living are but two words for one and the same process.
While I am on this subject, let me also say this: “rights” are abstractions. We have them even if they are not legally or constitutionally codified. We are free whether we want to be or not. That’s how I see this: you are free to see it however you choose. Freedom is built-in.
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