By BRIAN CLOWES
(Editor’s Note: Brian Clowes has been director of research and training at Human Life International since 1995. For an electronic copy of chapter 23 of The Facts of Life on euthanasia, e-mail him at email@example.com.)
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“Oh, for more Quality and less Quantity in Generation/ Oh, for less Suff’ring and more Wisdom in Termination” — Robert H. Williams, MD, “My Life Prayer.”
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The Four-Step Strategy. There can only be one possible ultimate outcome of the utilitarian thinking that brought us contraception and abortifacients, sterilization, population control, and abortion.
Once society compromises the paramount right to life in any way, once it sets aside certain classes of human beings and declares them disposable, once it calculates and assesses the “value” of each human life and balances it against lists of health-care expenses, the lethal dehumanization of others by the elite will continue unabated until the society either disintegrates or returns to a sanctity of life ethic.
The first step down any slippery slope is intimidating but, once a society’s downward plunge gathers momentum, it will find itself moving so quickly that it will be very difficult to stop or turn back — even if the majority wants to do so. Subsequent steps on the road to wholesale killing are always easier, as we have already observed with abortion. As always, evil takes on a life of its own.
Pro-euthanasia activists are now using precisely the same strategy used by the pro-abortion movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s, as they saw how successful it was. The pro-abortionists’ methods were undeniably effective: We now have abortion on demand for any reason in the United States and in most of the world — and even abortion on command in some nations, including the People’s Republic of China. … Continue Reading