The Euthanasia Movement Gains Steam


Like many cultural observers, I have been waiting for about twenty years for the shoe to drop in in the United States on euthanasia. While assisted suicide has been legalized in Oregon, Washington, Vermont, California, and Montana in recent years, here I am referring to a major push by our cultural elites to make euthanasia acceptable to a majority of Americans—similar to how these same elites pushed for an acceptance of abortion in the 1970s and 80s, homosexuality over the past two decades, and “transgenderism” in recent years. Frankly, I am a little surprised that the euthanasia “bomb” has not hit yet, but it is likely just around the corner.

Our immediate neighbor to the north, Canada, has experienced a big push for the acceptance of euthanasia in recent years. A Canadian bishop has said that he worries euthanasia will be seen as a moral obligation. A recent article in Canada makes an argument as to why euthanizing the sick and elderly is an economic obligation. There is some hope to be found in Canada on this issue, however, as a number of physicians have refused to perform or assist with euthanasia on their patients. Let’s hope that more Canadian physicians follow suit, and that their American colleagues do the same.

The president’s recent nomination of conservative Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court seems particularly timely, as his doctoral work focused on the moral and legal issue of assisted suicide, insisting that “human life is intrinsically valuable and that intentional killing is always wrong.” As Catholics, we need to uphold these moral truths and be a voice against a utilitarian view of the human person.