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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Slippery Slope

The International Business Times has a perfect example of the operation of the slippery slope argument. From an article on parliamentary bill to legalize child euthanasia in Belgium:

The Belgian Federal Parliament is reportedly about to expand its controversial "right to die" policies to include access to euthanasia for some gravely ill children.
A consensus among members of the legislative body has reportedly formed in support of legislation to allow children to choose to undergo euthanasia in certain dire cases, according to a report in the Belgian daily newspaper Der Morgen, as translated by the Paris-based news agency Presseurop.

If child euthanasia is legalized in Belgium, the country would become the first in the developed world to have a law on the books allowing the practice, though since 2005 the Netherlands has not prosecuted doctors who perform euthanasia on some minors as long as the doctors act in accordance with a set of medical guidelines dubbed the Groningen Protocol.
 First legalized euthanasia for adults, then turn a blind eye to euthanasia for children, then make the latter legal. What next? 

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