Opponents of assisted suicide have a spectrum of reasons why they're against it. Mostly they consist of:
- Euthanasia would not only be for people who are "terminally ill"
- Euthanasia can become a means of health care cost containment
- Euthanasia will become non-voluntary
- Euthanasia is a rejection of the importance and value of human life
First of all euthanasia is a clever choice of words. This is a classic debate topic where word choice is used to shift the argument. Let's be clear when we say that euthanasia is not assisted suicide. They're different.
Assisted suicide is where a medical professional (MD or OD) enables an informed consenting adult to end their own life in a humane and dignified manner. Euthanasia is the same but a medical professional does the work of actually ending the persons life.
Addressing the issues outlined above are these recent studies:
- 26-September-2007 Doctor-aided suicide: no slippery slope
- 26-September-2007 No evidence physician-assisted death leads to 'slippery slope'
- 28-September-2007 Vulnerable groups are not at higher risk of physician-assisted death
The takeaway message is that as of 2007, the concerns brought up by assisted suicide opponents are provably unfounded.