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That which unites us, which makes us more than the sum of our material parts, remains mysterious. Somerville sharply points to the reductive individualism inherent in the campaign for legalization. The fact that many organizations promoting assisted suicide continue to be active in countries where legalization has occurred indicates that she is on the right track with her assertion that death talk reﬂects a fear of death and is manifested in the promotion of assisted suicide. Somerville’s strengths lie in her discussion of why the whole discussion is appearing now and in her attack on autonomy.
Much as proponents of assisted suicide promote euphemisms that remove the taint of suicide, opponents tend to conﬂate assisted suicide and euthanasia. Like their opponents, they neglect the different moral connotations for those left behind of assisting a suicide and of killing itself. There is a clear attempt to identify the enemy as contemptuous of human life and casual in its attitude towards killing. ‘Though an analytical distinction exists between assisted suicide and euthanasia, there is a great deal they share in common, and those who support legalizing one tend to support legalizing the other for the same or similar reasons,’ notes Neil M.
How are we to deﬁne ‘the dying’ and by which criteria? And who deﬁnes it? And why should ‘the dying’ be a separate moral category? ‘Assisted dying’ means different things to different people. In the way it is deﬁned by Compassion and Choices and Dignity in Dying, the use of ‘assisted dying’ also implicitly condemns suicide. To Dignity in Dying it means assisted suicide so long as someone is dying of a terminal illness – there is no time limit given on the site. The term assisted suicide has been surgically removed from their language.
Assisted Suicide: The Liberal, Humanist Case Against Legalization by Kevin Yuill (auth.)