Baroness Mary Warnock led the British ethics committee (named after her) which couldn’t quite decide the status of human embryos, but allowed destructive research on them. (See this LifeEthics essay on the Baroness’ 2007 apologia concerning the deliberations of her committee.)
This year, the Baroness told British journalists that she believes that the demented are wasting the lives and resources of other people and that they should be euthanized. According to the Daily Mail, she now supports a “duty to die.”
Lady Warnock, 84, was the head of the committee which during the 1980s opened the way for legal research on human embryos.
Influential in education as well as in medical ethics, she became an open supporter of euthanasia after her ill husband was helped to die by his doctor in 1995.
She told the Church of Scotland’s magazine Life and Work: ‘I’ve just written an article called A Duty to Die? for a Norwegian periodical. I wrote it really suggesting that there is nothing wrong with feeling you ought to do so for the sake of others as well as yourself.’
She added: ‘I am absolutely, fully in agreement with the argument that if pain is insufferable, then someone should be given help to die, but I feel there is a wider argument that if somebody absolutely, desperately wants to die because they are a burden to their family or the state, then I think they too should be allowed to die.’
There’s more of the same at the BBC News.
Ignore the fact that a large part of our economy depends on the jobs created by the need to take care of people who can’t take care of themselves, at all ages.
Please note that the Baroness is worried about the “wishes” of people that she dismisses as incompetent. She’s proposing that other people determine when and how those wishes are implemented.
However, she also suggests that society should actually decide to go down the slippery slope of pressuring people into feeling guilty enough that they chose euthanasia.