Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

There's a movement in the United States to legalize assisted suicide. This is where doctors help kill their patients. The problem is that every doctor takes an oath to "first do no harm." Instead of helping their patients to heal or alleviate suffering people are turning to assisted suicide which is a violation of that oath. News out of Holland is another warning. The Guardian reported that 25 percent of all Dutch deaths are caused by doctors. This isn't to minimize terminal condition of patients or real suffering. But acceptance of euthanizing people like we do cats and dogs is antithetical to human dignity. It also leads to a slippery slope. 431 of Dutch deaths in 2017 were decided by the doctor without the patient's consent. Finding better care and techniques is a better answer. 

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