What If Steven McDonald’s Last 30 Years Hadn’t Happened?

Some years ago — in 2001 — I interviewed Dr. Philip Nitschke, an international advocate for assisted suicide, based in Australia. He was candid during the course of the interview, admitting that the option to “give away” life should ultimately be available to “anyone who wants it, including the depressed, the elderly bereaved, [and] the troubled teen.”

He insisted that “if we are to remain consistent and we believe that the individual has the right to dispose of their life, we should not erect artificial barriers in the way of sub-groups who don’t meet our criteria.” He wanted to make sure that anyone who desired it had the “knowledge, training, or recourse necessary.”

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