Since we don’t believe in the promise of paradise after death, many of us take a more pragmatic approach to our mortality. My home state of Oregon was the very first state to legalize assisted death to the terminally ill in 1994. It’s no surprise that since most religions view suicide as a mortal sin that lands you in the pit of hell, it’s not something up for discussion in Tennessee. I recently read an article in the Tennessean written by Kristen Hanson, a community relations advocate with the Patients Rights Action Fund in which she claims that the “death with dignity” movement gives in to despair and preys on terminally ill patients when they are most vulnerable.
Kevin Yule, the author of Assisted Suicide: The Liberal, Humanist Case Against Legalisation, has an interesting take on this subject that left me with much to consider. In an article he wrote for The Economist entitled,