High court pick Gorsuch is harsh critic of assisted suicide

Neil GorsuchNBC 18 March 2017
Family First Comment: Speaking common sense…
“Legalizing the practice, he said, could be a slippery slope. Doctors, insurance companies and the healthiest in society might wind up looking for ways to shorten the lives of the frail and the elderly to preserve resources for those with more promising futures. Doing so, he said, would have a disproportionate impact on the poor, the powerless and minorities who sometimes do not receive the same quality of medical care and pain-control management when they are ill.”
Good nominee, Donald!

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch made it clear in a book and other writings what he thinks about assisted suicide and euthanasia: He’s not a fan.

His reasoning is not based on religious conviction but rather stems from his investigation of the subject stretching from ancient Greece to modern times.

In his 2006 book, “The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia,” Gorsuch derided the idea that a person could take their own life as a way of achieving “death with dignity.”

He wrote, “Human life is fundamentally and inherently valuable, and that the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong.”

Gorsuch, whose nomination is to be taken up by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, favors the power of the states and sticking closely to the texts of laws and Constitution as they were understood when written. But his views on some controversial subjects, such as how widely the Second Amendment applies or whether abortion should be legal, are not known. Assisted suicide is a different matter.

Legalizing the practice, he said, could be a slippery slope. Doctors, insurance companies and the healthiest in society might wind up looking for ways to shorten the lives of the frail and the elderly to preserve resources for those with more promising futures. Doing so, he said, would have a disproportionate impact on the poor, the powerless and minorities who sometimes do not receive the same quality of medical care and pain-control management when they are ill.
READ MORE: http://www.nbc-2.com/story/34940383/high-court-pick-gorsuch-is-harsh-critic-of-assisted-suicide
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