The first thing I read this morning was the news from Japan of an attack on a centre for the disabled, which has left nineteen dead. It is reported that the suspect had called for the euthanasia of disabled people, and is quoted as saying he wanted to rid the world of the disabled.
I don’t know offhand whether Japan has the death penalty for murder, but I know that In Britain, and many other countries, we do not, because (among other reasons) it is considered morally and ethically unacceptable to take a life.
Holland is another country that does not have the death penalty for murder, or any other crime. But it does allow for disabled babies to be euthanised up to sixty days after birth. Just think about that for a moment.
Here in Britain the law allows for babies prenatally diagnosed with a ‘disabling’ condition, even a moderate one, such as Down’s Syndrome, or Cleft Palate, to be aborted at any time up to birth; and there are many people who would think it perfectly acceptable to allow for the euthanasia of disabled individuals after birth also. And yet we do not have the death penalty for murderers – who have chosen to actively do harm in the world – even where the evidence is incontrovertible, or the suspect has confessed. Because the taking of life is not morally and ethically acceptable.
Just think about that for a moment.