Voluntary, or Compulsory?

Over at City Journal, Dr. Dalrymple weighs in on the troubling expansion of the already unsettling Canadian law on doctor-assisted suicide to now include those who are psychiatrically ill.

Given that severe psychiatric disorder tends to cloud the judgment of those who suffer from it, one wonders who will benefit most from this law, if passed. Certainly, it might remove from society people who are often difficult, unproductive, and expensive for others. They might be encouraged to shuffle off this mortal coil as a service to their relatives or even to their county. The distinction between the voluntary and the compulsory might become blurred.

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