Wesley J. Smith: George Will's Cultural Death Wish

August 31, 2015 (The Corner) - What a disappointing and shallow column from George Will endorsing assisted suicide, based primarily on a bald assertion that autonomous decision making is "death with dignity." (If committing assisted suicide is "death with dignity," then are those who die naturally undignified?)

The column was disingenuous and misleading, both in what Will wrote and what he left out. For example, he correctly admits that pain is not the cause of people wanting to kill themselves under Oregon's assisted suicide law, but "existential suffering," e.g. fear of being a burden, fear of losing dignity, etc.. But then he falsely and cruelly claims that these latter matters "cannot be alleviated." CONTINUE

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