9781107337909 (electronic book) 1107337909 (electronic book)
Cambridge bioethics and law.
"Whether the law should permit voluntary euthanasia and/or physician-assisted suicide is one of the most weighty and controversial questions facing modern societies. Internationally, the main obstacle to legalisation has proved to be the argument that, even if they were morally acceptable in certain 'hard cases', they could not be effectively controlled and society would slide down a 'slippery slope' to practices that most people would agree to be morally unacceptable. In particular, the argument runs, the law could not prevent the killing of patients who did not make a truly free and properly informed request, or for whom palliative care would have offered a viable alternative, and for an ever-expanding range of reasons. How cogent is this argument? This book provides the general reader (who need have no expertise in philosophy, law or medicine) with a lucid introduction to this central question in the debate, largely by reviewing the experience of three jurisdictions that have relaxed their laws: the Netherlands, Belgium and the US state of Oregon. The book will interest readers, whatever their views on the ethics of voluntary euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, who wish to ensure that their opinion about whether they should be legally permitted is better informed"-- Provided by publisher.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide Intended versus foreseen life-shortening The value of human life The value of autonomy Legal hypocrisy? The slippery slope arguments The guidelines The first survey: the incidence of "euthanasia" Breach of the guidelines The slide towards NVAE The second survey The Dutch in denial? The euthanasia act and the code of practice Effective control since 2002? Continuing concerns A right to physician-assisted suicide by stopping eating and drinking? Assisted suicide for the elderly with "completed lives" The Belgian legislation Belgium's lack of effective control The Northern Territory Oregon model The US supreme court: glucksberg and vacco The supreme court of Canada : Carter Canada's euthanasia legislation Conclusion.
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