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The Point: Second Thoughts About Assisted Suicide


John Stonestreet

They’re getting cold feet in the true north. For the Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

Last year Canada passed a Medical Aid in Dying law that allows doctors to volunteer to perform physician-assisted suicide. Initially, the signup rate was high.

But now, according to medical officials, some are asking to withdraw their names. The exact number is under wraps, but a spokesman for the Canadian Medical Association said enough doctors are changing their minds “that it’s been noted at a systemic level.”

“We’re seeing doctors who go through one experience and it’s just overwhelming,” said the CMA spokesman. They say “‘Take my name off the list. I can’t do any more.’”

By “experience,” he means taking someone’s life. And it’s hard for me to imagine who wouldn’t have second thoughts after they’d killed someone. It cuts against the very nature of the medical profession, whose practitioners promised for millennia to “do no harm.”

Christians have warned frequently that the so-called “right to die” distorts medicine. Canada has started down a dark path. But a few, at least, are turning back.



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