Re: Our right to die editorial published July 20, 2012.
The divide between euthanasia and the “right to die” is a thin moral line that should not be lightly crossed.
I worry that a right to die will become a duty to die. How many of our sick, elderly or disabled will feel that they have to end their lives prematurely because they feel that they have become a burden to society, their families, or the health care system?
Who will choose who is to die and who is to live? How will the negotiations happen, where will they happen, and who will facilitate the conclusion? Will loving and concerned family members be left out of the decision making process?
Our lives are God-given. We do not have the right to take any life, including our own. Rather, we have an obligation to be compassionate.
Let’s love our neighbours rather than kill them.