Thursday, April 26, 2018

Suicide Prohibitions

Suicide prohibitions have a chilling effect on free speech. Suicide prohibitions prevent adults from being able to have open and honest conversations about suicide in private since nonconsensual psychiatry is legal in many circumstances. It will be good if we can reduce suicides to zero. Read the book Suicide Prohibition by psychiatrist Thomas Szasz.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Suicide and Theology

We supposedly live in a secular democracy.

The point (at least one point)  of medicalizing suicide is to adhere to Judeo-Christian values without actually saying we are.

According to many versions of Christianity, those who engage in suicide may go to Hell, or at least not in Heaven.

Suicide prohibitions inherently enforce implicit theological beliefs that what ever happens after death for those engaging in suicide is always worse than any current or future on Earth.

If we want to actually live in a secular democracy then suicide needs to be respected as a civil and human right for all adults when it is done in private.