The Slippery Slope-Tactics in the Assisted Suicide Movement

Even as the euthanasia “slippery slope” is denied, advocates are greasing the track.


I first saw this tactic  in the mid-1980s when Missouri was considering a “living will” law to allow a person to refuse “death prolonging procedures” if a person became terminally ill and unable to speak for himself or herself.  Some of us warned about a broader agenda, citing court cases involving feeding tubes and seriously brain-injured but non-terminally ill patients like Paul Brophy and Claire Conroy in New Jersey and Massachusetts. In  response, “right to die” activists (as they were known then) added the ”safeguard” of not allowing the withholding of food and water to the Missouri law  and the bill was passed.

Not surprisingly, Missouri soon faced the Nancy Cruzan case  involving the withdrawal of a feeding tube from a non-terminally ill young woman in a so-called “persistent vegetative state”.  Soon after that,  a Missouri Designated Health Care Decision Maker Act was passed that would allow a…

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Colorado’s suicide euphemism

As residents of Colorado begin another battle to defeat doctor prescribed suicide in their state, proponents are consistently trying to "sell" their message as "medical-aid-in-dying" while opponents insist that the correct and accurate terminology is "assisted suicide." A Colorado television station isn't buying the proponents' rhetoric.  Here is some important information for you to have … Continue reading Colorado’s suicide euphemism

Jerome Lejeune and End of Life Care

In 1969, Jerome Lejeune became the 5th recipient of the William Allan Award of the American Society of Human Genetics, the highest honor a scientist can receive in the field of genetics.  He earned this honor for discovering Trisomy 21, the cause of Down Syndrome. His discovery, rather than leading to a greater insight and acceptance of full … Continue reading Jerome Lejeune and End of Life Care

Life Issues Forum: The True Face of Assisted Suicide

By Richard M. Doerflinger FEBRUARY 26, 2016 Since California legalized assisted suicide last year for people diagnosed as terminally ill, the former Hemlock Society -- now a multi-million-dollar operation called "Compassion & Choices" or C&C -- has stepped up efforts to pass similar laws in other states. At the center of its campaign is the … Continue reading Life Issues Forum: The True Face of Assisted Suicide