By Wesley J. Smith
Assisted suicide is not about terminal illness.
Assisted suicide is not about disability.
Assisted suicide is not about mental illness.
Assisted suicide is about suicide!
All pretense otherwise was stripped off the movement as the Daily Mail reports that a healthy elderly woman flew to Switzerland to be made dead because she couldn’t handle how high tech has impacted society and, apparently, to save the planet. From the story [underlining added]:
“A retired art teacher has ended her life at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland after becoming increasingly disillusioned with modern life. In an interview before her death, the 89-year-old environmentalist, from Sussex, said she felt technology had taken the humanity out of social interaction.
“Anne, who asked to be referred to only by her first name, also said she was worried about the damage being inflicted on the planet through overcrowding and pollution.”
This is right out of the Church of Euthanasia nonsense, only for real.
Ann was helped by one of the UK’s most prominent assisted suicide advocates. From the Independent story on the suicide:
“Michael Irwin, the founder of the Society for Old Age Rational Suicide (Soars), helped Anne with her application to Dignitas. He said she had ended her life ‘with quiet determination,’ and that her only regret’ was that she had been made to travel to Switzerland, accompanied by her 54-year-old niece, to do so.”
Let’s see if Irwin is drummed out of the assisted suicide corps, as it were. I’ll bet not.
Another woman committed assisted suicide recently at a Swiss be-made-dead house because she was upset at losing her looks.
Death on demand: That’s what assisted suicide is really all about.