The Right to Die

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Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Arguments for and against euthanasia and assisted suicide are presented in ancient and modern times. Do we have the right to die? All of us will eventually face death and may want something to say about our care. While still mentally competent, a person may make a living will with durable power of attorney to enforce it and an advance directive with orders not to resuscitate (DNR). The issue of who has the right to make health-care decisions when persons cannot speak for themselves, was raised by the Schiavo and Quinlan cases in which young women were in vegetative states. Dr. Kevorkian brought assisted suicide to the public forum. A controversial death with dignity act went into effect in 1997 in Oregon and is being watched as a test case. The Supreme Court decided against two cases of assisted suicide in New York and Washington State in 1997. Other countries also wrestle with these questions. In 1984, The Netherlands held a doctor not guilty whose pain prescription for a dying person hastened her death. This is one of the "Open for Debate" series. Chapter notes, lists of books and websites for further reading, bibliography, and an index are included. This very current issue is thoughtfully presented. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761429487
  • Publisher: Cavendish, Marshall Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Series: Open for Debate Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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