The 'thin end of the wedge' is a well-known cliche, but
there are times when it is very apt. The 1967 Abortion Bill is a classical
example of this. It laid down very definite instructions governing who should
receive an abortion. These instructions are now almost totally ignored and the
proverbial 'coach and horses' has been driven through its original intentions.
When a door becomes ajar it doesn't need much of a push to throw it wide open.
There is little doubt therefore that the same could happen if euthanasia became
law. However stringent conditions are at the outset, time will either see them
weakened, amended or ignored.
There could also be a subtle shift in the doctor/patient
relationship. The 'angels of mercy' might be perceived to be taking on a more
sinister role, however well -intentioned it may be.
But there are other considerations, human nature being what
it is. What if a relative who was caring for a loved one began to feel it was
all too burdensome, could not the suggestion of euthanasia be planted into
their minds? The same situation could arise from more ulterior motives ...
especially if one was to benefit from a Will, and any who have been involved
with Wills will know that some people have an insatiable desire to come into
money, and would not stop short of influencing in some way a premature decease.