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A massive push is now underway to ensure that many people with a supposed poor quality of life -- not only people with disabilities that are congenital but also with disabilities caused by illness or injury -- are allowed to die against their willThis campaign for involuntary euthanasia demonstrates that pro-lifers were correct when we said that euthanasia proponents would never stop at voluntary euthanasiaFor many years euthanasia advocates for public consumption at least have marched under the banner of autonomy and respect for family decisions They pushed for living will laws and later for durable power of attorney laws that would enable people to say they didnt want life-saving treatment or to authorize others to refuse it if the authors should become incompetent Any opposition to these measures was dismissed as an effort to impose morality on the free choice of patients to decide for themselvesAt the same time euthanasia advocates masked their true intentions by appealing to the sanctity of the family If a patient had left no word about whether she wanted her life preserved they argued the decision should be made exclusively by her nearest and dearest -- her family They inveighed against any governmental interference through the courts or even those agencies established to protect the rights of vulnerable peopleNow having succeeded in achieving widespread legalization and acceptance of both of these positions euthanasia proponents are dramatically changing their rhetoricAs the pro-life movement has warned all along the true motive of many leaders of the euthanasia movement is to eliminate those with a poor quality of life Individual rights autonomy and deference to farnilies were all convenient slogans with which they successfully assaulted what twenty-five years ago was the prevailing ethic of respect for all lifeToday however the culture has changed so that the quality of life ethic arguably has become predominant And in this context euthanasia advocates are now discarding the principles of individual and family autonomy they once
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