…, as a slippery slope forcing the elderly, infirm, or socially undesirable to take their own lives. We should certainly remain vigilant to prevent such possibilities. But the existing evidence, after decades of assisted death programs both in Europe and the US, don’t support the accusation that these opportunities for ending life have been abused or extended beyond their intended use.
Indeed, and the slippery slope argument is in itself a troublesome rhetorical device. It’s popular, but it’s often characterized as a logical fallacy because of how easily and frequently it’s misused.
The dignity and comfort of a planned death ought to be thought about or judged on its own merit, not on dystopian possibilities.
Opposition to same-sex marriage often depends on slippery-slope arguments, leveraging fears about incest or polygamy. Yet marrying one’s sister is no more likely an outcome of same-sex marriage than forced euthanasia is a likely outcome of death with dignity.
I guess all I really mean to say is that we ought to judge things for what they are and not for what we fear they might bring about.