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"We never say no."

The right-to-die movement abandons pretense.

12:00 AM, Apr 27, 2006 • By WESLEY J. SMITH
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Which camp one decides best represents the overall euthanasia movement doesn't really matter. Once assisted suicide is accepted in law and culture, the premises of radical autonomy and allowing killing to alleviate human suffering would conjoin, unleashing the irresistible power of logic that would push us inexorably toward the humanist nirvana of death on demand.

Wesley J. Smith is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute, an attorney for the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, and a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture. His website is

Correction appended, 4/27/06: The article originally stated that the Tom Flynn Free Inquiry piece appeared in the April 19, 2006 issue. Instead, the Flynn article appeared in the Spring 2003 issue.