X-Message-Number: 8367
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 1997 08:49:15 -0700 (PDT)
From: Doug Skrecky <>
Subject: Compelling Reasons to Oppose Legalized Euthanasia  

On the seat of a subway I spotted a brochure entitled "EUTHANASIA: A
Cause For Concern". I believe the contents may help to explain the mind
set of those who oppose progressive legislation in this regard. Here's an

Compelling Reasons to Oppose Legalized Euthanasia

2. Legalized euthanasia would make a mockery of our common law
   heritage which is founded on the concept of the sanctity and
   protection of innocent human life. In the words of Jean Vanier,
   The protection of innocent human life is well-founded in law;
   we destroy it only at our own peril.

3. Even if carefully circumscribed at first, legalized euthanasia
   would become the tool of the social engineers. After killing
   those who are dieing, it would only be a matter of time before
   we killed those who were soon to die, and then those who would
   be better off dead, until no one would be safe.

4. Euthanasia would give private citizens THE RIGHT TO KILL other
   citizens. It could not be tolerated openly for it would
   influence the young, the immature, and the unstable to take
   their own lives. It could not be tolerated in secret for it
   for it would be impossible to control.

5. Euthanasia, if performed only by doctors, would return
   medicine to a pre-Hippocratic time, when the physician was
   both healer and killer. To once again blur the distinction
   between healing and killing would abolish the trust and
   confidence of the doctor/patient relationship, and destroy
   the ethical guidelines necessary to prevent medicine from
   becoming the most dangerous profession of all.

6. Legalized euthanasia represents the total abandonment of
   those FINALLY in need of our love, support, comfort and care.

Alliance Action Inc.
B1-90 Garry Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada R3C 4H1

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