Slippery Slope: Euthanasia

When people choose to “help someone die,” it often leads to more people being “helped.” Some of those people don’t know they are being “helped” to die. Perhaps many of them don’t want that kind of help.

An example of the slippery slope effect of euthanasia is the “Liverpool care pathway” that the UK instituted, originally for hospice patients, but now it has been

given approval by the Department of Health in 2006 leading to widespread use in hospitals. Concerns about the pathway were raised first in The Daily Telegraph in 2009 when experts warned that in some cases patients have been put on the pathway only to recover when their families intervened, leading to questions over how people are judged to be in their “last hours and days.

Sometimes there are unintended consequences to seemingly benign choices. And sometimes the choices are not actually benign at all.

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