Verbal engineering is the stock in trade of the so-called "Right to Die" forces. It is nothing less than "death by euphemism". The Orwellian-speak they use to hide what they are foisting on society is most revealing.
The following is an extract from media release of Mr Edward O’Donohue, chair of the Victorian Parliament’s Legal and Social Issues Committee: “The Committee has recommended that the Victorian Government should, in certain limited circumstances, legalise assisted dying, said Mr O’Donohue. “The introduction of assisted dying laws should form part of a much broader reform that gives greater prominence to end of life care,” said Mr O’Donohue. Notice the verbal engineering! Suddenly out of nowhere comes a new phrase “assisted dying”. Mr. O’Donohue baulks at the use of the words euthanasia, suicide or phrases such as assisted suicide, patient deliverance or patient killing.
Now in Victoria this committee is advocating the abolition of the protection of human life, the legalisation of homicide by doctors who would actually kill their patients albeit at the supposed request of the patients and the direct participation in the act of killing by doctors. Of course the Victorian community must not be told what is being advocated or being proposed to be legalized. Mr O’Donohue and the majority of his committee need to hide the realities of what they are proposing. They know that a properly informed community would never accept such radical proposals which destroy the protection of human life and abrogate laws against homicide. The result is that we become the victims of their verbal engineering. Verbal engineering is the stock in trade of the so-called "right-to-die" forces. The Orwellian-speak they use to hide what they are foisting on society is most revealing.