Are elderly lives worth less than others?

Why is it that when people who are not elderly want to commit suicide, we try to talk them out of it, but when an elderly person wants to commit suicide, we focus on how to make that possible (Consider legalising euthanasia, by Mr Seah Yam Meng; Aug 1)?

If the criterion for euthanasia is an elderly person's assessment of his suffering, and not the nature of his illness, then will we also allow the prescription of lethal drugs for healthy adults who feel they are suffering and opt for death?


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 05, 2018, with the headline 'Are elderly lives worth less than others?'. Print Edition | Subscribe