I have a question for liberals: if you think that euthanasia for medical patients is “painless,” then why do you say that lethal injections for convicted murderers is “painful”?

For as long as I can remember, liberals have supported legalization of euthanasia for consenting adult medical patients. As a libertarian, I agree with liberals on this issue.

Also for as long as I can remember, liberals have been opposed to the death penalty. As a libertarian, I also agree with liberals on this issue.

However, unlike liberals, I believe that euthanasia for medical patients and lethal injections for convicted murderers, have an equal amount of pain. Either both of these things are painful, or both of these things are painless. Since I have never experienced either one, I am not going to comment on whether these things are painful or painless.

Instead, I want to address the hypocrisy that liberals have on these two issues.

So here is my question for liberals: if you think that euthanasia for medical patients is “painless,” then why do you say that lethal injections for convicted murderers is “painful”?

 

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April 15, 2017. Tags: , , . Politics.

One Comment

  1. EDell replied:

    You’re asking the wrong question because you’re equating someone in hopeless suffering with a murderer or even an innocent prisoner. The issue is not whether execution is painless or painful, the issue is that one in interminable suffering without end should have the option of euthanasia and prisoners shouldn’t be executed, if only because some might actually be wrongly convicted, which has been proven to happen. Allowing euthanasia is providing mercy while disallowing the death penalty spares the odd innocent person from it. You’ll find that out easily enough if you ever end up in endless crippling and excruciating pain with no possibility from relief from it except death or end up as an innocent prisoner convicted of a crime you didn’t commit facing execution day. It’s not about painless or painful, it’s about mercy for one and sparing a possible innocent life for the other.

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