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Words, Words, Words

Rita L. Marker and Wesley J. Smith

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Rita L. Marker and Wesley J. Smith write that the Orwellian abuse of language by the Right to Die movement masks what assisted suicide and euthanasia are really about.

If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.
George Orwell

Today, as the debate over what has become known as the "right to die" is taking place another type of harm can result from words. That harm can be deadly.

Words that sound familiar -- like treatment, compassion, comfort care, and terminal -- now may mean something far different than they did only a few years ago. Those words, as they are currently used, may do more than hurt. They may kill.

Take, for example, the seemingly clear statement -- "If I'm terminally ill, the only medical treatment I want is comfort care." That statement could now be interpreted as a request for a deadly drug overdose by a person who has a life expectancy of months or even years.

For the complete article go to the International Task Force on Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia website.



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