On the slippery slope

Perils of assisted suicide

Some of the most visible and forceful opponents of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are people who are severely disabled. Why do they take such an interest in this issue? After all, no one is proposing that people who are blind or in wheelchairs or mentally disabled should be put to death. The movement for assisted suicide is about something else, isn't it--about easing people's needless pain and suffering in the unambiguous end-stages of life and about giving people choices about how and when they die?

 

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