Personal autonomy is supposed to be the ultimate human right in our society. “My body, my choice,” right?
That is the moral veneer to mask the real nature of euthanasia. It worked for the abortion debate. Abortion supporters are not all feminists, but in the sixties they needed a credible reason to justify decriminalization. Feminism provided that front. For many abortion supporters, then, as today, the ethics are a moot point. They don’t care that women feel pressured to have abortion. In fact, many of them do the pressuring. The bottom line is that it’s legal. Not that it is undertaken voluntarily or for “weighty reasons”.
I would suggest that the same is true for euthanasia.
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