Wesley J Smith:
I once spoke in Cape Town, South Africa, at a biomedical conference on euthanasia. I was the opening keynote and I mentioned that it would be both a tragedy and a travesty if a country in which large swaths of formerly oppressed people — with limited access to quality medical care — legalized euthanasia.
More, I argued that legalizing doctor-administered killing among a population in which some 20 percent were infected with HIV/AIDS would open the door to the worst kind of discrimination.
My speech was very favorably received, including by the first black head of the South African Medical Association, who spoke after me and declared that his country’s (then) irrational and unscientific policy on HIV “is euthanasia!”
All efforts to legalize euthanasia there have gone nowhere. What to do? Just have a judge issue the order. And now one has.