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Thursday, April 21, 2005

A Slippery Slope? I Think Not!

We have heard from the Right how the Terri Schiavo case will lead to the government not only allowing people to be killed when their caretaker wants to, but will also lead to the government allowing people to be killed even if their caretakers want them to live.

The Left said that this is a slippery slope argument.

Well, in Britain they have just ruled that a baby will not receive the life-preserving care it would need if it stops breathing, even though the parents want their baby to live.

Are that many of us blind, stupid, or willfully desirous of the deaths of others? The very logic that says that they courts can determine if someone should decide if another will live or die (abortion, euthanasia) is the same that gives the government the right to decide for YOU, no matter what anyone else says.

I know we are not the UK - but the left wishes we were more like them.

UPDATE: The little girl's story is further revealed here at

Note 1: I was reminded at Ace of Spades HQ that the UK medical system is a socialist/government/single-payer health care, thereby giving the government the right to make these decisions. You know, the kind of health care the Democratic Party currently wants.


  • Hammer, I don’t intend to reopen old wounds, so I will simply say that the decision in such cases is the province of the responsible party. In this case, it’s the British Courts, as the doctors are publicly funded. Were it me, I would demand to be allowed to take my child to a private hospital and foot the bill myself. If that isn’t an option in their case, then the rule-of-law is determinative. Perhaps the Brits will change the law with respect to the infirm.

    By Blogger Robert, at 4/21/2005 04:41:00 PM  

  • Robert,
    I dropped an update on my post before I saw your comment. I agree - because they have single payer health care, the state has the right to do whatever the heck it wants with that health care. Another reason to lobby against it in the US.

    By Blogger Hammertime, at 4/21/2005 04:44:00 PM  

  • Robert,

    But wouldn't your having to do that belie the stated "compassion for people" that is the reason given by supporters of socialized medicine? And even if it were voluntary, what about the taxes you'd have paid to support that system up until that point? Pretty good deal for the government, don't you think?

    Black and white...same old, same old.

    By Blogger David Hunley, at 4/21/2005 06:44:00 PM  

  • Hammer,

    I came, I saw...I snatched. Thanks.

    By Blogger David Hunley, at 4/21/2005 06:55:00 PM  

  • It's already happening in this country. Sam Hudson died in Texas a bit before Terri Schiavo due to a law passed by then Governor Bush. I blogged about it here.

    This all had to do with the parents not having the money to pay, all the more reason to have a single payer health plan... or at least not an argument against one.

    By Blogger Mark, at 4/26/2005 07:10:00 PM  

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