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By Brian Bird, Public Discourse, June 7, 2020

It seems particularly disturbing to imagine legalizing euthanasia in this moment, let alone expanding access to euthanasia if it is already legal. Even so, this is precisely what is underway in Canada.

Amid the suffering and great disruption of our lives, there is at least one silver lining to COVID-19. Our response to the pandemic—a fierce campaign to prevent death—has revealed to us anew the intrinsic worth of every human life. From the outset, our almost involuntary instinct has been to spare no expense or precaution to save lives. Defensible arguments have been made about the wisdom of certain approaches in certain places to managing the pandemic, but we should all be able to agree that the core motivation behind the approaches has been to preserve life.

Evidence of this motivation is clearest in the work of healthcare professionals. They have gone above and beyond, day in and day out. Besides working tirelessly to heal persons afflicted by a virus with no vaccine, they have comforted patients in their suffering and at the moment of death in lieu of family and loved ones who are not allowed to be present. These doctors, nurses, and others in the trenches deserve our deepest gratitude. …

Read more here:  thepublicdiscourse.com/2020/06/64288/