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Peter Singer: Australia should legalize euthanasia

'I think suicide can be rational in the absence of terminal illness,' said Singer.
Tue Aug 19, 2014 - 12:45 pm EST

Princeton Professor Peter Singer, one of the world's leading proponents of abortion and infanticide, has criticized the suspension of the medical license of Australia's “Doctor Death.”

In July, euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke, who is under investigation for the suicide deaths of patients, lost his license.

But according to Singer, Nitschke’s failure to seek medical help for patients who told him they were depressed and considering suicide does not mean he is a bad doctor.

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Singer has long proposed reducing humanity's footprint by lowering the value of human life.

"I think suicide can be rational in the absence of terminal illness and I think I could find you dozens or hundreds of philosophers who would think that," he said.

The solution, said Singer, is to legalize euthanasia and assisted suicide, so that Nitschke will no longer be forced to go over the head of the law.

Singer has long proposed reducing humanity's footprint by lowering the value of human life. In 1993, he publicly supported the idea that a newborn is not a human until one month after birth. Likewise, he said physicians should be allowed to kill disabled babies.

He has also written that "human babies are not born self-aware, or capable of grasping that they exist over time. They are not persons”; therefore, “the life of a newborn is of less value than the life of a pig, a dog, or a chimpanzee.”

He has also promoted bestiality and experimentation on the mentally ill.


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