By Wesley J. Smith
A healthy elderly couple in India is asking for joint euthanasia because they say their lives are of no use. From the Telegraph story:
Mumbai: A city-based elderly couple have sought President Ram Nath Kovind’s permission for active euthanasia or “assisted suicide,” saying they “are of no use to the society or themselves.”
Narayan Lavate, 88, and Iravati, 78, who have no children and say their siblings are also no more, have likened their lives to life imprisonment and argued that keeping them alive against their wishes is a “waste of the country’s scarce resources as well as theirs.”
And they have offered a utilitarian “plum to society” (as I once put it), if their desire to be killed is allowed:
In their plea, the couple have said that they had “already committed to donate our bodies after death and whatever little wealth we have to the state treasury.”
No one would ever permit that! Right? Wrong. In Belgium, Netherlands, and Canada, doctors already conjoin euthanasia with organ harvesting.
Doctors in Belgium and Netherlands also commit the occasional joint euthanasia homicides of elderly couples. Switzerland’s suicide tourism industry has also assisted “two-fers.” (I wonder if the suicidal couple received a discount from the individual death price?)
So, this is the nihilistic virus that euthanasia activists have unleashed. Alas, as this story illustrates, the pathogen is spreading.
Editor’s note. Wesley’s find columns appear at National Review Online and is reposted with the author’s permission.