If Suicide Isn’t Wrong, It Isn’t Wrong
In Oregon, where assisted suicide is legal for the elderly and infirm, state officials have been concerned of late with a rising suicide rate among Oregonians who aren’t officially considered damaged goods. With the Oregon suicide rate 35 percent higher than the national average, bureaucrats at the state health authority have expressed dismay (but ate, perhaps, also relieved) that suicides of the elderly have been legally redefined so as not drive this horrifying statistic up even further.
Promote “safe sex,” and you’ll get a youth culture more concerned about the sex than the safe. Promote compassionate allowance of suicide, and you’ll find a surprising number of people thinking themselves better off dead.