Many self-described civil libertarians (on both the right and the left)
have embraced the practice of assisted suicide by Dr. Kevorkian.
They see it as a necessary evil, if not a positive good, in a world
where so many people suffer from irreversibly painful conditions.
Surely they would deny that tolerance toward "mercy-killing" involves
a slippery slope toward other forms of legalized
homicide. But if we accept the premise justifying such acts, could
suicide centers for the depressed, regardless of their state of health,
be far behind? (People with mental problems have the same rights
as those with terminal illnesses.) Americans possess enough good
judgment to prevent this matter from getting out of hand, don't
they? Remember that many thought the fight for abortion rights
would end with the "hard cases." But now we have unlimited abortion-on-demand,
at any stage and for any reason. In the not-too-distant
future, maybe society will indeed look back on Dr. Kevorkian as a
sort of hero. In the meantime, watch your footing on that slope,
one slip could be deadly.
Mock Medicine, Mock Law
Eric M. Chevlen
The author considers the mercy-killling practices of Dr.
Kevorkian. He argues that the doctor's "patients" needed
treatment for pain and depression, not assisted suicide.
This article provides a brief historical, legal and biblical analysis of
the issues involved in euthanasia.
The Movie "One True Thing" and Euthanasia
Dr. Kenneth Simcic
An overview of the legal and rhetorical issues involved in
euthanasia. Some stern warnings are given as another country's
experience with this practice is discussed.
Killing as Caring
Although somewhat dated, this article reveals the bleak reality
behind physician assisted suicide. This false charity of
"compassion" is brought into focus.
Life, Law, and Suicide
Chronicles of the dangers of assisted suicide. What would
be the consequences if it were made legal?
Euthanasia: Issues Tearing Our Nation's Fabric
The Center for Reclaiming America
Although part of a larger work that addresses other social and
moral issues, this chapter provides some interesting insight on
Books in Review: Forced Exit
Michael M. Uhlmann
This article is a review of Forced Exit: The Slippery Slope
from Assisted Suicide to Legalized Murder by Wesley J.
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