12. Isn’t assisted suicide a personal issue? It’s not as if the state is killing people.

  • Public policies for, and the public nature of, suicide prevention makes this a political issue.
  • If doctors can prescribe or administer deadly drugs while:
    • employed by the health service
    • using facilities, and equipment funded by the government
    • operating under a programme developed, implemented and operated by the government
      …that makes the government directly responsible.
  • By allowing assisted suicide, the Canadian government demonstrates its belief that some people are less worthy of suicide prevention than others.