The battle over the sanctity of life is raging in Washington. Last month, Planned Parenthood opened what they call a “mega-center” in our nation’s capital–and it’s near a school. Now, the city council is considering “right-to-die” laws that would approve physician-assisted suicide.
Of our 50 states and territories, “five states allow assisted dying, and 30 states have legislation pending or planned.” Oregon, Washington, Vermont, and New Mexico approved right-to-die statutes at the ballot box, while Montana did so through a court decision. The District of Columbia is poised to join them as its city council voted to add a physician-assisted suicide bill to its legislative agenda. The bill is all but guaranteed to pass.
Pro-life advocate Ryan Anderson wrote the following in an editorial for the Washington Times:
Changing the laws that govern how doctors operate will change the entire ecosystem of medicine. It will change how doctors relate to their patients and how much patients can trust their doctors. Ultimately, it will change how society views the weak and the marginalized and affect our family relationships. It will change how we view our elders and our duties toward them.
Anderson’s concerns are prevalent in light of Obamacare’s failure. In a time where our healthcare system is falling apart, we cannot fundamentally alter the relationship between patient and doctor.
A similar, separate concern comes from the members of the District’s African-American community. In the Washington Post, Fenit Nirappil notes that “some worry that blacks, who tend to have less access to treatment and preventive care, may think that ending their lives early is their best option when given a terminal diagnosis.” In other words, African-Americans believe these laws will unfairly affect those who cannot afford healthcare.
This would not be the first instance where pro-choice legislation takes advantage of minorities, particularly African-Americans. According to a study conducted by the Guttmacher Institute between 2008 and 2014, black women have 28% of all abortions, while only comprising 12% of the population. This directly contributes to the African-American community’s declining population. According to the University of Nebraska at Omaha, America’s black population is not reproducing fast enough to replace its older generations that are dying off.
Like Roe v. Wade, right-to-die laws are dangerous, and can have devastating effects on our nation’s most vulnerable citizens.