“Euthanasia Isn’t a Slippery Slope” while Evidence of a Slippery Slope Mounts

Through Catholic Lenses | 7/5/2018 | Staff
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Before euthanasia or assisted suicide is legal, the whole debate is about people who are in grave pain yet completely in their right minds. The proponents talk about people who are terminally ill and just want to end their suffering.

Once it is legal, we see how often euthanasia becomes a very slippery slope happens otherwise. In some cases, the person didn’t clearly have a full mind or didn’t clearly consent. In other cases, it is a calculation of how much less it costs. In still others, it seems like a form of eugenics.

Debates - Opponents - Warn - Slippery - Slope

During initial debates, the opponents warn of a slippery slope where euthanasia happens in particularly problematic ways. Proponents dismiss this as scare-mongering when we first debate such legislation. However, the evidence that this slope exists comes with the laws in force. Here I want to compile some of that evidence. Euthanasia is bad, but the slippery slope always makes it worse.

The New York Post offers the case of an autistic in his 30s.

Childhood - Dutch - Patient - Abuse - Doctors

In early childhood, the Dutch psychiatric patient known as 2014-77 suffered neglect and abuse. When he was about 10, doctors diagnosed him with autism. For approximately two decades thereafter, he was in and out of treatment and made repeated suicide attempts.

He suffered terribly, doctors later observed, from his inability to form relationships: “He responded to matters in a spontaneous and intense, sometimes even extreme, way. This led to problems.”

Years - Psychiatrist - Life - Netherlands - Doctors

A few years ago, 2014-77 asked a psychiatrist to end his life. In the Netherlands, doctors may perform euthanasia — not only for terminal physical illness but also upon the “voluntary and well-considered” request of those suffering “unbearably” from incurable mental conditions.

The doctor declined, citing his belief the case was treatable, as well as his own moral qualms. But he did transmit the request to colleagues, as Dutch...
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