The state of Maine has now legalized physician-assisted suicide.
The Associated Press—in their reporting on the story—said reporters were, “declaring it in line with the state’s tradition of individualism and opponents insisting the practice tempts fate.”
Let’s just look at that again: “in line with Maine’s historic tradition of individualism.” That’s the claim of absolute personal autonomy that we see elsewhere today, but it’s here packaged as a part of the “state’s long tradition of individualism.”
We’re told that physician-assisted death can be pursued when “reasonable medical judgement” would “produce death within six months.”
But the culture of death always says, “Here’s all we want. We will draw this very clear line.”
But it always presses on—because the logic of the movement presses on—and where the logic is allowed to go, the law will frighteningly follow.