Euthanasia in USA
Honestly calling euthanasia, “euthanasia,” reveals that most Americans
oppose legalization. From the story:
A new Angus Reid poll find that 42 percent of
American adults are
in favor of making euthanasia legal in the United States, although 52
percent feel legalizing induced death would leave vulnerable people
without sufficient legal protection. The survey steered clear using
such deliberately non-threatening terms as “Death With Dignity” favored
by supporters of assisted suicide. In the 2008 election, by a 58
percent to 42 percent vote, Washington became the second U.S. state to
legalize physician-assisted suicide. In its poll of 1,001 American
adults, taken Feb. 4 and 5, Reid asked: “Generally speaking, do you
support or oppose legalizing euthanasia in the United States?” The
results: 14 percent answered “Strongly Support,” 28 percent “Moderately
Support”, 14 percent “Moderately Oppose,” and 23 percent “Strongly
Oppose.” A total of 22 percent were not sure.
The results were more evenly split about whether assisted suicide
“should be prosecuted,” with a plurality saying yes:
“Do you think people who help a person to commit
suicide should be
prosecuted?” Reid asked. Thirty-seven percent said “Yes,” 34 percent
answered “No,” with 28 percent “Not Sure.” Independent voters were
strongest in saying those who assist suicide should not be prosecuted.
This is why euthanasia/assisted suicide advocates use euphemisms to
sell the hemlock: They think that with gooey phrases, they can fool
enough of the people, enough of the time to get their agenda through.
Contact: Wesley J. Smith
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