A New York Times columnist “made a thinly veiled call” to normalize controversial assisted suicide of the elderly, saying it would solve the next challenges America will face as the baby boomer generation ages, said American lawyer and writer Wesley J. Smith.

“We can always count on The New York Times to promote destructive public policies and social agendas,” he said adding, and this is the last example.

Smith said New York Times columnist Susan Jacoby sees a threat in the growing number of older people born between 1946 and 1967—after World War II—who will become a source of family and social economic problems and burdens, according to the National Review.

“A healthier attitude toward aging also means examining moral issues. Physician-assisted suicide, for example, is the source of a fierce ethical debate that matters greatly to anyone who can imagine growing old,” The New York Times writer said. 

“According to a Gallup poll conducted last year, 72 percent of Americans agree that doctors should be allowed to help end a patient’s life painlessly if there is no hope of a cure and the medical assistance is requested by patients and their families,” while support is reduced if the euphemism ‘doctor-assisted suicide’ is changed to the actual definition: ‘end a patient’s life,’ Jacoby added.

Legalizing the killing of the elderly

The writer, who Smith said is published on the world’s most influential opinion page, urged “creating a better reality for the elderly and their families,” but in reality she was referring to opening the way for legalizing the killing of the elderly, and even creating the expectation in the elderly that they must die to stop causing trouble, Smith described.

However, Smith responded, how can a doctor ending an old man’s life be considered “a healthier attitude toward aging,” the lawyer questioned, saying, “Instead, it would denigrate the elderly by transforming them into a killable caste when they need care.” 

In addition, the term Jacoby uses “if there is no hope for cure” is very relative, Smith said, arguing, “Indeed, could include many common conditions of old age, from early Alzheimer’s, to speech difficulties caused by stroke, to a broken hip leading to morbidity, to loss of vision or hearing.”