Charlie Gard’s Case Shows Why Government Should Stay Out Of End-Of-Life Choices

Assisted suicide, experimental medical treatments, and slippery slopes

In California, the government is documenting what happens when citizens can turn to medicine to end their own lives. In the United Kingdom, the government is forcing parents’ hands in the case of an infant with a life-ending medical condition. Two news stories about the government’s role in end-of-life issues highlight the potential slippery slope where a recognition of individual liberty transforms into a manifestation of official authority and control.

California lawmakers passed right-to-die legislation in 2015. It permits doctors to prescribe life-ending medication to adults with terminal illnesses and likely less than six months to live.

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