Margaret Somerville on why we shouldn’t authorize killing

Margaret Somerville appears on The Source with Ezra Levant to discuss the moral and ethical problems with legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide.

The most important question to ask is, is society either authorizing someone to kill other people or authorizing them to help them kill themselves, is that morally wrong? […] The problem with assisted suicide is that society has to become complicit in it and society has to say, “we’ll authorize this,” and society has to change its laws to allow it to be legal, and its that complicity that I think is so dangerous and wrong… It’s a culture of despair, and the opposite of despair is hope[…] People who want euthanasia are not depressed, it’s usually not because of pain, but […] the state they’re in is hopelessness[… having] nothing to look forward to.

Watch the whole 9 minute interview here.

Blaise Alleyne is Education Coordinator with UTSFL. He has been a member of the club since 2005, serving as Technology officer from 2006-2010, and is now focused on education, activism and strategy. Blaise is a part-time student in the Master of Theological Studies program at Regis College, U of T. He completed a B. Sc. at the University of Toronto in 2009 with a major in Computer Science, and minors in English and Philosophy. Blaise's posts on this website are available under a libre Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

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