Physician-Assisted Suicide and Voluntary Euthanasia: Is It Time the UK Law Caught Up?
Nursing Ethics. 1999 Mar; 6(2): 107-117.
People who wish to end their lives when they consider that they cannot endure further pain and suffering cannot legally obtain help to produce a peaceful death. The reality of practice seems to be that, covertly, physician-assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia do take place. The value of personal autonomy in issues of consent has been clarified in the courts in that a competent adult person has the right to refuse or choose alternative treatments even if death will be the outcome. This issue needs open discussion and regulation in order to protect those vulnerable people in our society.
Allowing to Die; Assisted Suicide; Attitudes; Autonomy; Congenital Disorders; Consent; Death; Double Effect; Euthanasia; Guidelines; International Aspects; Involuntary Euthanasia; Killing; Knowledge; Law; Legal Aspects; Legal Liability; Liability; Newborns; Nurses; Pain; Palliative Care; Physicians; Public Policy; Personal Autonomy; Regulation; Suffering; Suicide; Treatment Refusal; Voluntary Euthanasia; Wedge Argument;
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