Euthanasia: Reconciling Culture and Human Rights
Goolam, Nazeem M.I.
Medicine and Law 1996; 15(3): 529-536
The constitutional justifiability of euthanasia will depend upon interpretation of the right to life and the right to respect for and protection of one's dignity. Pertinent issues arising hereto are: In our new value-based constitutional interpretation, what are the values underlying our multi-cultural society? Issues of death and dying are inter-linked to a civilization's world view and its approach to human dignity. Western, African and Islamic approaches will be compared. Does euthanasia negate the essential content of the right to life and is its limitation on such right reasonable/justifiable in an open and democratic society based on freedom and equality.
Allowing to Die; Attitudes; Attitudes to Death; Christian Ethics; Culture; Death; Determination of Death; Ethics; Euthanasia; Freedom; Human Dignity; Human Rights; Islamic Ethics; Legal Aspects; Life; Non-Western World; Right to Die; Rights; Right to Life; Sharia; Value of Life; Values; Western World; Religious Ethics; Cultural Pluralism; Attitudes Toward Death; Prolongation of Life and Euthanasia;
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