Euthanasia, Ethics and Public Policy: An Argument Against Legalisation

Euthanasia, Ethics and Public Policy: An Argument Against Legalisation

by John Keown
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521009332

ISBN-13: 9780521009331

Pub. Date: 02/28/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Whether the law should permit voluntary euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide is a notoriously difficult question. How cogent is the "slippery slope" objection? In other words, is it reasonable to object on the grounds that patients would be killed who did not make a free and informed request, or for whom palliative care would have offered an alternative. This

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Whether the law should permit voluntary euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide is a notoriously difficult question. How cogent is the "slippery slope" objection? In other words, is it reasonable to object on the grounds that patients would be killed who did not make a free and informed request, or for whom palliative care would have offered an alternative. This book provides the general reader with a clear introduction to this central question, not least by reviewing the Dutch euthanasia experience. It will interest both sides of the debate.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521009331
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.75(d)

Table of Contents

Part I. Definitions: 1. 'Voluntary euthanasia'; 2. Intended v. foreseen life-shortening; 3. 'Physician-assisted suicide'; Part II. The Ethical Debate: 4. The value of human life; 5. Respecting the good of autonomy; 6. Legal hypocrisy? 7. The 'slippery slope' argument; Part III. The Dutch Experience: 8. The guidelines; 9. The first survey: the incidence of euthanasia; 10. Breach of the guidelines; 11. The shift toward condonation of NVE; 12. The second survey; 13. The Dutch in denial? Part IV. Australia and the United States: 14. The Northern Territory: ROTTI; 15. Oregon: The Death with Dignity Act; Part V. Expert Opinion: 16. Expert committees; 17. Supreme Courts; 18. Medical Associations; Part VI. Euthanasia by Omission; 19. The Tony Bland case; 20. The BMA guidance; 21. The Winterton Bill; Part VII. Conclusions: 22. Conclusions; Afterword: the Diane Pretty case.

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