The Ethics of Euthanasia

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Essay #: 057681
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The Ethics of Euthanasia
This paper will present a thesis arguing in favor of both the essentially ethical nature of euthanasia (within clearly defined boundaries which will be stipulated) and that its legalization should logically follow from that nature. While these two arguments are somewhat separate, we will argue that they are still closely connected to each other and that to advocate the first one (ethics) is to implicitly advocate its corollary (legality).
Recent authors of a reference handbook on euthanasia have noted, that “where life hangs in the balance,” the issue of euthanasia is not “academic or theoretical” but of immediate and critical relevance not only to patient and family but also to the medical profession and in fact...
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McDougall, Jennifer and Martha Gorman. Euthanasia: A Reference Handbook. 2nd ed. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2008. Accessed 22 February 2010 from: http://books.google.com/books?id=AKaVqvPwkq0C.
Tooley, Michael. “Defense of Voluntary Active Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide.” In Cohen, Andrew and Christopher Wellman, eds. Contemporary Debates in Applied Ethics. Wiley-Blackwell, 2005. Accessed 22 February 2010 from: http://books.google.com/books?id=2HBaFr0ZrY0C.