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April 13, 2005

C. Everett Koop Predicted "The Slide to Auschwitz"

Bryan Alexander has written an insightful piece on the pro-death movement posted at The American Thinker. The article cites former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop's 1977 address titled "The Slide to Auschwitz" where Koop's prescience is all too apparent.

The death of Terri Schiavo, caused by starvation and dehydration, is only the latest manifestation of a trend which has been building for a long time. In 1977, in an address entitled "The Slide to Auschwitz," given to the American Academy of Pediatrics, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, M.D. stated that he saw "the progression from abortion to infanticide, to euthanasia, to the problems that developed in Nazi Germany..."

Alexander goes on to draw the chilling parallel between the current western "right to die" push and the German eugenics movement of the 1920's and 1930s which led to the 1939 Nazi Aktion T-4 program.

Compare these cases with pre-Nazi Germany. In 1920, well before the Nazis rose to power, German judge Karl Binding and psychiatrist Alfred Hoche wrote "The Release of the Destruction of Life Devoid of Value," a 60 page booklet which suggested that some lives were not worth living. Binding and Hoche justified euthanasia of "absolutely worthless human beings." Over time, the ideas presented by Binding and Hoche gained acceptance in German society.

The similarities are chilling, the stakes in this battle are literally life and death.