By Jonathon Van Maren
The legalization of assisted suicide and euthanasia carries far graver consequences than most of the voting public realizes.
While these policies are sold as merciful responses to those suffering horribly from terminal illnesses, the reality is a society in which the state creates two classes of people: Those eligible for assisted suicide, and those who are not. In other words, some people have lives so valuable it is illegal for them to kill themselves, and the force of the law, as well as the full range of available suicide prevention services, will be wielded to keep such people alive. Others have lives so worthless that the state will rescind these protections and actually assist them in the process of taking their own lives.