is preventing a slippery slope towards involuntary euthanasia
This is sometimes expressed as the distinction between voluntary and involuntary euthanasia
The situation of involuntary euthanasia
is much more of a concern as there is no autonomy and we need to err on the side of protecting those who cannot speak for themselves.
The slippery slope is on the way to involuntary euthanasia
for social reasons.
It does not distinguish between voluntary euthanasia (legal in the Netherlands and Belgium), nonvoluntary euthanasia (of a patient no longer capable of expressing his wishes or of giving legal consent), and involuntary euthanasia
(against the patient's wishes).
The argument that assisted suicide leads to involuntary euthanasia
is utterly unproven in every country in which it has been made legal.
And nothing I have said here should be construed as supporting involuntary euthanasia
, which I oppose categorically.
Since senior citizens are required to participate in Medicare, this would amount to government-imposed involuntary euthanasia
In 90% of those cases it was a question of involuntary euthanasia
, even though active euthanasia remains illegal (Gentles, 1995).
According to Pete Vere, a canon lawyer in Ontario, Canada, who specializes in the rights of the mentally and cognitively disabled: "Not only is the state sanctioning involuntary euthanasia
, but this sets an awful precedent in which society judges an individual by his or her perceived utility.
118) At that time, Kamisar primarily feared extension of PAD to nonvoluntary euthanasia (for patients who were not competent to make their own medical decisions) and to involuntary euthanasia
(contrary to a competent patient's wishes or to the wishes of a surrogate representing a mentally incompetent patient).
Quite simply, the argument that voluntary euthanasia leads to involuntary euthanasia
is unproven as is the scaremongering that Mr Crew's death is bad news for anyone who feels old, frail and vulnerable.
Voluntary euthanasia inevitably leads to involuntary euthanasia
so this is bad news for anyone who feels old, frail and vulnerable.
His letter stated: "Having carefully reviewed all the documentation you have sent me, I believe that involuntary euthanasia
was performed on Mrs Gibbings.
231) Thus, a psychiatric assessment to determine whether a patient has the capacity to consent to his or her death is invaluable in maintaining the boundary between voluntary and involuntary euthanasia