The Model Physician-Assisted Suicide Act and the Jurisprudence of Death
Lai, Kwan Kew
Issues in Law and Medicine. 1997 Fall; 13(2): 173-216.
A Model Statute to Authorize and Regulate Physician-Assisted Suicide was published in 1996. This article describes the Act and some of its background and effects in detail, showing that it goes further than at first appears. Specifically, the article discusses the background and basic effect of the Act, the principal provisions of the Act and their effects, the morality and jurisprudence of the Act, the argument from autonomy, and the argument from utility. The authors conclude that by ignoring the moral traditions of Western culture, and focusing only on the ethics and anthropology of autonomy and utility, the drafters of the Act justify the dehumanization of the very people the Act is supposed to benefit.
Anthropology; Assisted Suicide; Autonomy; Coercion; Conscience; Culture; Death; Decision Making; Dehumanization; Economics; Ethics; Euthanasia; Family Members; Government; Government Regulation; Health; Health Facilities; Hospices; Insurance; Involuntary Euthanasia; Legal Aspects; Legal Obligations; Legislation; Model Legislation; Moral Policy; Morality; Motivation; Physician Patient Relationship; Physicians; Regulation; Social Impact; Suffering; Suicide; Terminally Ill; Utilitarianism;
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