The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

Author: Neil M. Gorsuch
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400830346
Format: PDF, Mobi
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The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia provides the most thorough overview of the ethical and legal issues raised by assisted suicide and euthanasia--as well as the most comprehensive argument against their legalization--ever published. In clear terms accessible to the general reader, Neil Gorsuch thoroughly assesses the strengths and weaknesses of leading contemporary ethical arguments for assisted suicide and euthanasia. He explores evidence and case histories from the Netherlands and Oregon, where the practices have been legalized. He analyzes libertarian and autonomy-based arguments for legalization as well as the impact of key U.S. Supreme Court decisions on the debate. And he examines the history and evolution of laws and attitudes regarding assisted suicide and euthanasia in American society. After assessing the strengths and weaknesses of arguments for assisted suicide and euthanasia, Gorsuch builds a nuanced, novel, and powerful moral and legal argument against legalization, one based on a principle that, surprisingly, has largely been overlooked in the debate--the idea that human life is intrinsically valuable and that intentional killing is always wrong. At the same time, the argument Gorsuch develops leaves wide latitude for individual patient autonomy and the refusal of unwanted medical treatment and life-sustaining care, permitting intervention only in cases where an intention to kill is present. Those on both sides of the assisted suicide question will find Gorsuch's analysis to be a thoughtful and stimulating contribution to the debate about one of the most controversial public policy issues of our day.

A Chosen Death

Author: Lonny Shavelson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0684801000
Format: PDF
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This text tells the stories of five terminally-ill people who seriously considered suicide as they were dying. It describes the emotional, spiritual and intellectual questions that each person faced as death neared.

At Liberty to Die

Author: Howard Ball
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814791042
Format: PDF, ePub
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A legal history of euthanasia in America offers a state-by-state comparison of legislation in support of and in opposition to physician-assisted death, following battles to legalize the practice in such states as Oregon and Vermont.

Assisted Suicide The Liberal Humanist Case Against Legalization

Author: K. Yuill
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 113728630X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book presents an atheistic case against the legalization of assisted suicide. Critical of both sides of the argument, it questions the assumptions behind the discussion. Yuill shows that our attitudes towards suicide – not euthanasia – are most important to our attitudes towards assisted suicide.

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Global Views on Choosing to End Life

Author: Michael J. Cholbi
Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 1440836809
Format: PDF, Mobi
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This book addresses key historical, scientific, legal, and philosophical issues surrounding euthanasia and assisted suicide in the United States as well as in other countries and cultures. • Addresses the extended history of debates regarding the ethical justifiability of assisted suicide and euthanasia • Analyzes assisted suicide and euthanasia in many cultural, philosophical, and religious traditions • Provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the subject, including coverage of topics such as the depictions of assisted dying in popular culture, that enables a more complete understanding of the emotionally charged controversy surrounding this subject • Spotlights the latest medical and scientific developments in euthanasia and examines the role of technology in the ethical debates on assisted dying

Debating Euthanasia

Author: Emily Jackson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1847317715
Format: PDF, Mobi
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In this new addition to the 'Debating Law' series, Emily Jackson and John Keown re-examine the legal and ethical aspects of the euthanasia debate. Emily Jackson argues that we owe it to everyone in society to do all that we can to ensure that they experience a 'good death'. For a small minority of patients who experience intolerable and unrelievable suffering, this may mean helping them to have an assisted death. In a liberal society, where people's moral views differ, we should not force individuals to experience deaths they find intolerable. This is not an argument in favour of dying. On the contrary, Jackson argues that legalisation could extend and enhance the lives of people whose present fear of the dying process causes them overwhelming distress. John Keown argues that voluntary euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are gravely unethical and he defends their continued prohibition by law. He analyses the main arguments for relaxation of the law - including those which invoke the experience of jurisdictions which permit these practices - and finds them wanting. Relaxing the law would, he concludes, be both wrong in principle and dangerous in practice, not least for the dying, the disabled and the disadvantaged.

The Case Against Assisted Suicide

Author: Kathleen M. Foley
Publisher: Taylor & Francis US
ISBN: 9780801879012
Format: PDF, ePub
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In The Case against Assisted Suicide, Dr. Kathleen Foley and Dr. Herbert Hendin uncover why pleas for patient autonomy and compassion, often used in favor of legalizing euthanasia, do not advance or protect the rights of terminally ill patients. Incisive essays by authorities in the fields of medicine, law, and bioethics show the dangers that legalization of assisted suicide would pose to the most vulnerable patients. Thoughtful and persuasive, this book urges the medical profession to improve palliative care and develop a more humane response to the complex issues facing those who are terminally ill.

A Concise History of Euthanasia

Author: Ian Dowbiggin
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742531116
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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Traces the controversial history of euthanasia, examining evolving opinions about what constitutes a good death and taking issue with the right-to-die movement over the question of legalizing assisted suicide.

Physician Assisted Suicide

Author: Margaret P. Battin
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317795318
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Physician Assisted Suicide is a cross-disciplinary collection of essays from philosophers, physicians, theologians, social scientists, lawyers and economists. As the first book to consider the implications of the Supreme Court decisions in Washington v. Glucksburg and Vacco v. Quill concerning physician-assisted suicide from a variety of perspectives, this collection advances informed, reflective, vigorous public debate.