Or another example: euthanasia used to conceal medical incompetence. An old man enters the hospital with colon cancer. He has a colonectomy; but the surgeon botches the procedure and the intestines become infected. In two weeks the man develops a dangerously high fever and a huge distended belly. The family is warned that if anything is done their father will almost certainly die. A morphine drip, with lots of antibiotics, is recommended. But a pro-life doctor loathed by almost everybody rushes in to warn the family that if nothing is done he will certainly die, no almosts about it. The original surgeon refuses to touch the man. Finally she persuades an outside surgeon to open the man up -- and he discovers the problem area, under many liters of pus.This is why the Religous Right trumps the Liberal Religous almsot everytime. Their bloggers just think harder about big issues while the Religous Liberal is out there holding some sign shouting 70's rhetoric.
According to my source, about 30 people are euthanized every year at this hospital, and it is by no means unusual. Because of the vagaries of Medicare compensation, it's often a lot quicker and more profitable to let the elderly die when they're very sick and when they aren't in complete possession of their faculties -- that is, when the family would not be over-distraught should something unfortunate happen.
Voters will be thinking about that Doctor in the ER at the next visit.
As for me, I know a lot Docs, so I'll put my faith with Alito. Many Docs I know will too.