Too important to be left to lawmakers
B MERRIOTT (Your Say, October 11) has not given offence, but has clearly failed to understand that we now live in a post-Christian society which believes that gaining your objectives by trickery is clever, moral and a good deal easier than telling the truth.
Politicians would unhesitatingly lie if they believed that the world is overpopulated and that the common good would best be served by compulsory euthanasia.
The problem is that his entire -argument on the subject of killing people who are so ill that they can neither commit suicide nor defend themselves is based on the unthinking assumption that the right honourable gentlemen in the House of Commons can be trusted to draft infallible legislation which ensures that no unwilling person is killed.
I suggest that we should look at the big picture and decide whether we want Parliament to make things worse before we dive into the technical details of a single issue.
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I would very much appreciate the courtesy of a sensible response to my legitimate concern that it is in fact impossible to draft adequate safeguards for the protection of human life once you have conceded the principle of equal protection for all under the law.
I would also appreciate a response to my letter of September 28 in which I suggested that it is not just politicians who fail to act in accordance with their stated beliefs.
If life belongs to the individual, as euthanasia advocates claim, they should be campaigning against abortion because the life of a baby in the womb does not belong to its mother.
B J TOOLAN