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  • ISBN-13: 9780737729337
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 5/14/2006
  • Series: Opposing Viewpoints Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 269
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Table of Contents

Why Consider Opposing Viewpoints? 11
Introduction 14
Chapter 1 Is Euthanasia Ethical?
Chapter Preface 18
1 Christianity Condemns Voluntary Euthanasia 20
2 Christianity Should Condone Voluntary Euthanasia 26
3 Euthanasia Relieves Suffering 33
4 Euthanasia Distorts the Meaning of Mercy 40
5 Euthanasia Enhances Personal Freedom 53
6 Euthanasia Undermines Personal Freedom 65
Periodical Bibliography 74
Chapter 2 Should Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?
Chapter Preface 76
1 Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide Would Harm Society 78
2 Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide Would Reduce Harm to Society 85
3 Improved End-of-Life Care Would Make Assisted Suicide Unnecessary 96
4 Improved End-of-Life Care Would Not Make Assisted Suicide Unnecessary 103
5 Legalizing Assisted Suicide Would Make Killing Too Easy 114
6 Legalizing Assisted Suicide Is Premature 120
Periodical Bibliography 126
Chapter 3 Would Legalizing Voluntary Euthanasia Lead to Abuses?
Chapter Preface 128
1 Legalizing Voluntary Euthanasia Would Lead to Nonvoluntary Euthanasia 130
2 Legalizing Voluntary Euthanasia Would Not Lead to Nonvoluntary Euthanasia 142
3 Oregon's Assisted Suicide Experience: Safeguards Do Not Work 155
4 Legalizing Physician-Assisted Suicide in Oregon Has Not Led to Abuses 163
5 Legalizing Voluntary Euthanasia Would Harm the Disabled 172
6 Legalizing Voluntary Euthanasia Would Not Harm the Disabled 184
Periodical Bibliography 197
Chapter 4 When Should Life Support Be Stopped?
Chapter Preface 199
1 Feeding Tubes Should Be Removed from Patients in a Persistent Vegetative State 201
2 Feeding Tubes Should Not Be Removed from Patients Diagnosed as Being in a Persistent Vegetative State 212
3 Doctors Should Stop Treatment That Is Futile 224
4 Doctors Should Not Deny Wanted Treatment 229
5 Living Wills Allow Patients to Control When Life Support Stops 238
6 Living Wills Fail to Give Patients Control over Life Support 243
Periodical Bibliography 249
For Further Discussion 250
Organizations to Contact 253
Bibliography 260
Index 265
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