Legalising assisted dying would be a failure of collective human memory and imagination | Margaret Somerville

We can judge the ethical tone of a society by how it treats its weakest and most in need. With euthanasia we offer them death instead of loving care

Dying and death is not a new phenomenon: We have always become ill, suffered, were going to die and someone else could have killed us. So why now, at the beginning of the 21st century, after prohibiting euthanasia for thousands of years and when we can do so much more to relieve suffering than in the past, do we suddenly think that legalising it is a good idea? I propose a major cause is a catastrophic failure of collective human memory and collective human imagination.

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