Changing longstanding laws which prohibit all intentional killing and all acts of assisting or encouraging suicide by carving out exceptions for doctors to prescribe lethal poisons for take home use or to lethally inject their patients represents a seismic shift in law and culture.
It requires excluding whole categories of people from otherwise universal suicide prevention plans as well as doctors abandoning the millennia old Hippocratic oath -
"Neither will I administer a poison to anybody when asked to do so, nor will I suggest such a course".
Before making such a change careful consideration should be given to all the available data.
Two conclusions stand out from such consideration:
- At least ten categories of people are at risk of wrongful death under any scheme for assisted suicide or euthanasia
- All fifteen experiments in legalising assisted suicide or euthanasia tried since 1996 are fatally flawed
Read more about the evidence below.