Legalizing Physician-Aided Death
Capron, Alexander M.
Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics. 1996 Winter; 5(1): 10-23.
...I will not address the first of these, the right to a dignified death, although I recognize that in some ways it is the most interesting and difficult to debate. Similarly, I do not plan to say very much about the last area, the moral right in relation to family and physician, although the latter might be seen as providing a backdrop for my comments. Instead, I will focus on the question of whether society ought to recognize, as a matter of positive law, the right of individuals to the assistance of physicians in bringing about their own deaths, free from the threat of regulatory, civil, or criminal sanctions. Thus, my major attention will be on the law, with some attention to the constitutional aspects; but primarily I want to consider the policy implications of moving toward a broader conception of the legal right to physician assistance in dying.
Active Euthanasia; Advance Directives; Allowing to Die; Coercion; Competence; Consent; Consultation; Death; Depressive Disorder; Disclosure; Drugs; Euthanasia; Evaluation; Females; Government; Government Regulation; Guidelines; Informed Consent; Law; Legal Aspects; Legal Rights; Legislation; Life; Pain; Physician's Role; Physicians; Prognosis; Public Opinion; Public Policy; Quality of Life; Referral and Consultation; Regulation; Right to Die; Rights; State Government; Suicide; Terminally Ill; Voluntary Euthanasia; Wedge Argument;