Five US states, Colorado, California, Washington, Vermont and Oregon have legal assisted suicide laws. Many more states are considering it and it looks like it will follow the same rush toward same-sex marriage. For purpose of this post, let’s not argue the moral side of this; let’s argue about the slippery slope argument. This law, whether you agree with it or not is like letting the horse out of the barn; once you do it, you can’t take it back.
If you look into what has happened in other countries where this law has been on the books for a long time, Belgium, and Holland for instance, you see how far the slippery slope has gotten. Check out this article about the sad state of affairs in Holland and Belgium. Now the slippery slope in Belgium has evolved to killing people, even without their consent. Click here for this story.
The other slippery slope is who is in control? Turns out, no one. People can be killed even without their knowledge and there is no one watching. “Safeguards” that were put in place when these laws were passed are either ignored or are not monitored at all. Click here for some facts.
In a Wall Street Journal opinion piece today by J.J. Hanson, called “I Want My Doctors to Help Me Live, Not Die” Hanson states that in a 2006 Oregon study 25% of patients requesting assisted suicide were depressed and several of them went on to receive the lethal medication. The rush is on.