A woman with brain cancer is moving to Oregon so she can off herself. She doesn’t actually have to move to Oregon to commit suicide, but she wanted to make a statement because Oregon is a state that encourages people to commit suicide rather than become a burden on society. With the backing of a pro-suicide group, she has made a video.
Do people who are terminally ill have a right to off themselves? Sure, they do. That’s their choice. It’s not a choice I would support in all circumstances, but it is a choice they have the right to make. What I object to is making a big public spectacle of something that should be deeply personal and private. But, as is their wont, an activist group is using her example to push for a public policy saying that the state approves of self-termination. This is not an area where there should be any public policy at all, it should be something that goes on in the shadows, privately. At most, it should involve on the person, their family, and a willing physician.
Putting an official state imprimatur on self-termination devalues all life; and there has been far too much eagerness to devalue human life lately.