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End of Life ChoicesConsensus and controversy$
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Fiona Randall and Robin Downie

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199547333

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547333.001.0001

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Choice, assisted suicide and euthanasia

Choice, assisted suicide and euthanasia

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(p.165) 9 Choice, assisted suicide and euthanasia
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End of Life Choices
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Fiona Randall

R. S. Downie (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199547333.003.0010

This chapter criticizes three common arguments in favour of assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia. These are the argument from moral equivalence in its various forms, the argument from the right to die, and the argument from human dignity. The strongest arguments in favour of the legalization of assisted suicide and voluntary euthanasia are based on a claim of unbearable suffering or a desire to control one's life and one's death while the strongest argument against it are the likely weakening of the prohibition against killing and the pressure on the sick to end their lives so as not to be a burden on others.

Keywords:   assisted suicide, voluntary euthanasia, moral equivalence, right to die, human dignity, legalization, suffering

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