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Amazing: Australian journalist actually opposes euthanasia

From Paul Russell at MercatorNet:

One of Australia’s most respected journalists, Paul Kelly, has kicked back against what some of his journalistic colleagues have been treating as a rising tide in favour of euthanasia. Kelly is a former editor of The Australian, a television pundit and the author of eight books on Australian politics. Politicians will listen carefully to what he says.

“Legalise euthanasia and compassionate society dies too”, published in The Weekend Australian, is a serious look at euthanasia in the places where it has been made legal. Kelly concludes that society is irrevocably damaged by the introduction of the practice of doctors killing people. More.

Reality check: Here are a few things euthanasia will mean:

1. Because – as with abortion – once we agree that killing people is okay – there are never any meaningful restrictions, we will arrive at the hospital to rescue a young adult depressive from her latest suicide attempt only to discover that she has consented to euthanasia, and it has been carried out.

2. Our favourite children’s charity is now decorating a euthanasia centre at the local children’s hospital with cheery motifs, and – wow wow wow – are those society matrons thrilled to be of help.

3. We will be invited to a post-euthanasia party by the parents of the late child, to celebrate, breathlessly, the sheer meaningfulness of it all. “We were so glad to have her in our lives!” and all that. Until they pulled the plug when she bored them. It turns out, they’re separating anyway …

4. The local liberal Protestant church, on the brink of its own grave, will pronounce that all is well, that the Jesus they worship loves this.

5. If someone we know dies under clearly suspicious circumstances, on being informed that it is a euthanasia, we will not be permitted to find out what happened, due to “patient confidentiality.” Wonder where that’ll lead.

As I said before, North Americans are high end. Our global leaders can hire and dispose of people who are not so long-lived as us and do not have so many civil liberties. No surprise unrestricted euthanasia would become so popular just now.

See also: Questions newsstand media never ask about euthanasia