Euthanasia Ethics and Public Policy

Euthanasia  Ethics and Public Policy
Author: John Keown,Rose Kennedy Professor John Keown
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 318
Release: 2002-04-25
Genre: Law
ISBN: 0521009332

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A consideration of the 'slippery slope' objection to voluntary euthanasia, including a review of the Dutch experience.

Euthanasia Ethics and the Law

Euthanasia  Ethics and the Law
Author: Richard Huxtable
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2007-11-20
Genre: Law
ISBN: 9781135392437

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Euthanasia, Ethics and the Law argues that the law governing the ending of life in England and Wales is unclear, confused and often contradictory. The book shows that the rules are in competition because the ethical principles underlying the rules are also diverse and conflicting. In mounting his case Richard Huxtable considers some familiar and topical debates, including assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia, examining such situations as the Dianne Pretty litigation and Lord Joffe's Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill. The book also enters some important, but less well-charted areas, looking at the advent of 'death tourism' and the real status of involuntary and passive euthanasia in English law, in addition to clarifying the confusion that surrounds the use of powerful painkillers like morphine. Dealing with both legal and ethical issues, the text concludes that the time has come to more openly adopt a compromise position - one that more honestly recognises and accommodates the competing values, whilst also restoring a measure of coherence to the law.

The Cambridge Textbook of Bioethics

The Cambridge Textbook of Bioethics
Author: Peter A. Singer,A. M. Viens
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2008-01-31
Genre: Medical
ISBN: 9781139468213

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Medicine and health care generate many bioethical problems and dilemmas that are of great academic, professional and public interest. This comprehensive resource is designed as a succinct yet authoritative text and reference for clinicians, bioethicists, and advanced students seeking a better understanding of ethics problems in the clinical setting. Each chapter illustrates an ethical problem that might be encountered in everyday practice; defines the concepts at issue; examines their implications from the perspectives of ethics, law and policy; and then provides a practical resolution. There are 10 key sections presenting the most vital topics and clinically relevant areas of modern bioethics. International, interdisciplinary authorship and cross-cultural orientation ensure suitability for a worldwide audience. This book will assist all clinicians in making well-reasoned and defensible decisions by developing their awareness of ethical considerations and teaching the analytical skills to deal with them effectively.

The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
Author: Neil M. Gorsuch
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 311
Release: 2009-04-12
Genre: Law
ISBN: 0691140979

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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.

Last Rights

Last Rights
Author: Ethics and Public Policy Center (Washington, D.C.)
Publsiher: Eerdmans Publishing Company
Total Pages: 677
Release: 1998
Genre: Medical
ISBN: UOM:39015042160112

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An anthology of primary sources throughout history explores the moral, theological, medical, and legal issues associated with suicide, assisted suicide, and euthanasia

Assisted Death

Assisted Death
Author: L. W. Sumner
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 236
Release: 2011-07-07
Genre: Medical
ISBN: 9780199607983

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L.W. Sumner explores the ethical and legal status of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia, and argues powerfully that these forms of assisted death can claim the same justification as other widely accepted end-of-life practices. He surveys the opposing views and legal precedents, and develops a model regulatory policy for assisted death.

The Inevitable

The Inevitable
Author: Katie Engelhart
Publsiher: St. Martin's Press
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2021-03-02
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781250201478

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A riveting, incisive, and wide-ranging book about the Right to Die movement, and the doctors, patients, and activists at the heart of this increasingly urgent issue. More states and countries are passing right-to-die laws that allow the sick and suffering to end their lives at pre-planned moments, with the help of physicians. But even where these laws exist, they leave many people behind. The Inevitable moves beyond margins of the law to the people who are meticulously planning their final hours—far from medical offices, legislative chambers, hospital ethics committees, and polite conversation. It also shines a light on the people who help them: loved ones and, sometimes, clandestine groups on the Internet that together form the “euthanasia underground.” Katie Engelhart, a veteran journalist, focuses on six people representing different aspects of the right to die debate. Two are doctors: a California physician who runs a boutique assisted death clinic and has written more lethal prescriptions than anyone else in the U.S.; an Australian named Philip Nitschke who lost his medical license for teaching people how to end their lives painlessly and peacefully at “DIY Death” workshops. The other four chapters belong to people who said they wanted to die because they were suffering unbearably—of old age, chronic illness, dementia, and mental anguish—and saw suicide as their only option. Spanning North America, Europe, and Australia, The Inevitable offers a deeply reported and fearless look at a morally tangled subject. It introduces readers to ordinary people who are fighting to find dignity and authenticity in the final hours of their lives.

Angels of Death

Angels of Death
Author: Roger S. Magnusson,Peter Harry Ballis
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 325
Release: 2002-01-01
Genre: Medical
ISBN: 0300094396

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This groundbreaking book uncovers the hidden world of illicit physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. Through the frank and often troubling first-hand accounts of health professionals who have been involved in assisted death, the book records for the first time this secret but real area of medical and nursing practice. Through face-to-face interviews with these "angels of death, " Roger S. Magnusson explores the social practices, relationships, and networks that constitute "underground" euthanasia. How is assisted death actually practiced within health care settings? What are the issues that surround the making of such a momentous decision? How do health care workers justify their attitudes and actions in this area? Angels of Death offers detailed answers to these questions and many others. The doctors, nurses, and therapists who were interviewed pseudonymously for this study work in the HIV/AIDS communities in the United States and Australia. Their perspectives and practices, their attitudes and feelings, illuminate the assisted death debate and expose a variety of disturbing issues, including the reality of "botched attempts, " euthanasia without consent, and unduly hasty measures to bring about death. The testimony of medical practitioners, combined with Magnusson's thoughtful assessment of the issues, will be of intense interest to both opponents and advocates of proposals to legalize euthanasia.

The Modern Art of Dying

The Modern Art of Dying
Author: Shai J. Lavi
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2009-01-10
Genre: Social Science
ISBN: 9781400826773

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How we die reveals much about how we live. In this provocative book, Shai Lavi traces the history of euthanasia in the United States to show how changing attitudes toward death reflect new and troubling ways of experiencing pain, hope, and freedom. Lavi begins with the historical meaning of euthanasia as signifying an "easeful death." Over time, he shows, the term came to mean a death blessed by the grace of God, and later, medical hastening of death. Lavi illustrates these changes with compelling accounts of changes at the deathbed. He takes us from early nineteenth-century deathbeds governed by religion through the medicalization of death with the physician presiding over the deathbed, to the legalization of physician-assisted suicide. Unlike previous books, which have focused on law and technique as explanations for the rise of euthanasia, this book asks why law and technique have come to play such a central role in the way we die. What is at stake in the modern way of dying is not human progress, but rather a fundamental change in the way we experience life in the face of death, Lavi argues. In attempting to gain control over death, he maintains, we may unintentionally have ceded control to policy makers and bio-scientific enterprises.

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
Author: David Albert Jones,Chris Gastmans,Calum MacKellar
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 373
Release: 2017-09-30
Genre: Law
ISBN: 9781107198869

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In this book, a global panel of experts considers the international implications of legalised euthanasia based on experiences from Belgium.

Ethics and Public Policy

Ethics and Public Policy
Author: Jonathan Wolff
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 230
Release: 2012-01-11
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN: 9781136721779

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Train crashes cause, on average, a handful of deaths each year in the UK. Technologies exist that would save the lives of some of those who die. Yet these technical innovations would cost hundreds of millions of pounds. Should we spend the money? How can we decide how to trade off life against financial cost? Such dilemmas make public policy is a battlefield of values, yet all too often we let technical experts decide the issues for us. Can philosophy help us make better decisions? Ethics and Public Policy: A Philosophical Inquiry is the first book to subject important and controversial areas of public policy to philosophical scrutiny. Jonathan Wolff, a renowned philosopher and veteran of many public committees, such as the Gambling Review Body, introduces and assesses core problems and controversies in public policy from a philosophical standpoint. Each chapter is centred on an important area of public policy where there is considerable moral and political disagreement. Topics discussed include: Can we defend inflicting suffering on animals in scientific experiments for human benefit? What limits to gambling can be achieved through legislation? What assumptions underlie drug policy? Can we justify punishing those who engage in actions that harm only themselves? What is so bad about crime? What is the point of punishment? Other chapters discuss health care, disability, safety and the free market. Throughout the book, fundamental questions for both philosopher and policy maker recur: what are the best methods for connecting philosophy and public policy? Should thinking about public policy be guided by an ‘an ideal world’ or the world we live in now? If there are ‘knock down’ arguments in philosophy why are there none in public policy? Each chapter concludes with ‘Lessons for Philosophy’ making this book not only an ideal introduction for those coming to philosophy, ethics or public policy for the first time, but also a vital resource for anyone grappling with the moral complexity underlying policy debates.

Regulating the End of Life

Regulating the End of Life
Author: Sue Westwood
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2021-09-10
Genre: Law
ISBN: 9781000439496

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Death Rights is a collection of cutting-edge chapters on assisted dying and euthanasia, written by leading authors in the field. Providing an overview of current regulation on assisted dying and euthanasia, both in the UK and internationally, this book also addresses the associated debates on ethical, moral and rights issues. It considers whether, just as there is a right to life, there should also be a right to death, especially in the context of unbearable human suffering. The unintended consequences of prohibitions on assisted dying and euthanasia are explored, and the argument put forward that knowing one can choose when and how one dies can be life-extending, rather than life-limiting. Key critiques from feminist and disability studies are addressed. The overarching theme of the collection is that death is an embodied right which we should be entitled to exercise, with appropriate safeguards, as and when we choose. Making a novel contribution to the debate on assisted dying, this interdisciplinary book will appeal to those with relevant interests in law, socio-legal studies, applied ethics, medical ethics, politics, philosophy, and sociology.

Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia
Author: Craig Paterson
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 228
Release: 2017-09-29
Genre: Philosophy
ISBN: 9781351575072

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As medical technology advances and severely injured or ill people can be kept alive and functioning long beyond what was previously medically possible, the debate surrounding the ethics of end-of-life care and quality-of-life issues has grown more urgent.In this lucid and vigorous new book, Craig Paterson discusses assisted suicide and euthanasia from a fully fledged but non-dogmatic secular natural law perspective. He rehabilitates and revitalises the natural law approach to moral reasoning by developing a pluralistic account of just why we are required by practical rationality to respect and not violate key demands generated by the primary goods of persons, especially human life.Important issues that shape the moral quality of an action are explained and analysed: intention/foresight; action/omission; action/consequences; killing/letting die; innocence/non-innocence; and, person/non-person. Paterson defends the central normative proposition that 'it is always a serious moral wrong to intentionally kill an innocent human person, whether self or another, notwithstanding any further appeal to consequences or motive'.

Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide

Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide
Author: Gerald Dworkin,R. G. Frey,Sissela Bok
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 139
Release: 1998-08-28
Genre: Medical
ISBN: 0521587891

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Explores the moral and factual issues of the legalization of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide

Life s Dominion

Life s Dominion
Author: Ronald Dworkin
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2011-05-11
Genre: Law
ISBN: 9780307787910

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Internationally renowned lawyer and philosopher Ronald Dworkin addresses the crucially related acts of abortion and euthanasia in a brilliantly original book that examines their meaning in a nation that prizes both life and individual liberty. From Roe v. Wade to the legal battle over the death of Nancy Cruzan, no issues have opened greater rifts in American society than those of abortion and euthanasia. At the heart of Life's Dominion is Dworkin's inquest into why abortion and euthanasia provoke such controversy. Do these acts violate some fundamental "right to life"? Or are the objections against them based on the belief that human life is sacred? Combining incisive moral reasoning and close readings of indicidual court decisions with a majestic interpretation of the U.S. Constitution itself, Dworkin gives us a work that is absolutely essential for anyone who cares about the legal status of human life.