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Clinton speaks briefly, and ominously, about physician-assisted suicide

by | Feb 4, 2016

By Dave Andrusko

hillaryclinton  A very brief last post of the day.

Most of our NRL News Today readers know of and probably watch CSPAN. I don’t know how many know you can listen to C-SPAN as well.

The last few days on my way home I have listened to Town Hall meetings. As it happens, CSPAN was covering former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

I thought of that when I read a post this afternoon written by bioethicist Wesley J. Smith which was based on a very brief item run in POLITICO.

POLITICO’s “Tipsheets” headlined its short item, “HILLARY: WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT ‘DEATH WITH DIGNITY.’” According to the story, Clinton said she had fielded her first campaign question on physician-assisted suicide at a town hall meeting.

That is fascinating and may be absolutely true, unfortunately. Here’s what the reporter wrote:


Clinton didn’t stake out a position on the controversial issue, but said it will come up more frequently as people live longer with serious illnesses. “It is a crucial issue that people deserve to understand from their own ethical, religious and faith-based perspectives,” she said. Clinton added that she wants to examine what other countries, like the Netherlands, have experienced after enacting laws.


Wesley went on to detail the list of abuses and tragedies that already are taking place in the Netherlands and Belgium, the list that we have discussed in many,  many posts.

But somehow, is it the least bit reassuring to hear the former Secretary of State, pro-abortion to the tips of her toes, talk about whether or not we protect the vulnerable elderly based on people’s “own ethical, religious and faith-based perspectives”?

The whole point of so many critics of physician-assisted suicide is that vulnerable people, particularly those with disabilities, aren’t allowed to make decisions based on their “own ethical, religious and faith-based perspectives.” The decision is made for them, often by those who grade life on a curve.

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