Commonwealth Policy Center

Is loneliness a good reason to end one’s life? In Canada, the answer is yes. According to a recent report, 771 Canadians asked to be lethally injected in 2019 because they were lonely. Altogether, 5,631 Canadians were euthanized for various reasons in 2019. This is part of the assisted-suicide or “death with dignity” movement. The idea is to help people who are suffering, often with a terminal illness, end life on their terms. But critics warned that once assisted-suicide is legalized, it could eventually be used for any reason. Euthanasia is clothed in compassion, but how compassionate is it to help a depressed or lonely person end their life? Every human life is precious and worthy of care because each of us is made in God’s image. And just as He’s the author of life, He’s the only one authorized to say when that life should end.