The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia (New Forum Books)

The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia (New Forum Books) Author Neil M. Gorsuch
ISBN-10 0691140979
ISBN-13 9780691140971
Year 2009-04-12
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher Princeton University Press
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The Future of Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia provides the most thorough overview of the ethical and legal issues raised by assisted suicide and euthanasia as well as the most comprehensive argument against their legalization ever published In clear terms accessible to the general reader Neil Gorsuch thoroughly assesses the strengths and weaknesses of leading contemporary ethical arguments for assisted suicide and euthanasia He explores evidence and case histories from the Netherlands and Oregon where the practices have been legalized He analyzes libertarian and autonomy based arguments for legalization as well as the impact of key U S Supreme Court decisions on the debate And he examines the history and evolution of laws and attitudes regarding assisted suicide and euthanasia in American society 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 Those on both sides of the assisted suicide question will find Gorsuch s analysis to be a thoughtful and stimulating contribution to the debate about one of the most controversial public policy issues of our day

A Chosen Death

A Chosen Death Author Lonny Shavelson
ISBN-10 9780684801001
Release 1995
Pages 240