Assisted suicide opens Pandora's box of the culture of death


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June 25, 2012

The B.C. Supreme Court decision to strike down the law banning assisted suicide as unconstitutional is a very bad decision and will, if left unchallenged, lead to nightmarish consequences for Canadian society. However, while this decision needs to be contested, it needs to be realized that the current trajectory of Western society leads, with a certain inevitability, to legalized euthanasia as well as all sorts of other assaults on human life and dignity.

What are some of the forces leading to legalized euthanasia?

People of good will need to fight now against the legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia. However, we also need to take on the long-term challenges listed above. Most of those concerns do not admit of easy solutions nor will they be "solved" by individuals working alone. Blessed John Paul II's call for the development of a culture of life to stand as a shining light next to the culture of death will require the work of large numbers of courageous and focused people working in harmony.