Dignity, compassion, care and safety valves at the end-of-life

Israel Law Review 41 (1-2):358-393 (2008)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

This is an extensive critical review of Euthanasia in International and Comparative Perspective. My Review is divided into five parts. First, I outline the book's strengths. I proceed by speaking of the need for clear and cohesive terminology. I then discuss end-of-life decision-making in some of the countries: Belgium, The Netherlands, and the State of Oregon in the United States, all allow PAS. Belgium and The Netherlands also allow euthanasia. I also discuss Israel's Dying Patient Law,13 enacted by the Knesset on December 5, 2005. Finally, I make some suggestions for improvement, including a detailed proposal for PAS which I conceive to be the best policy when balancing one against the other the autonomy of the patient, on the one hand, and the safeguards against abuse when life might be considered too lightly, on the other. Indeed, the main difference between euthanasia and PAS is that in euthanasia, it is the physician who makes the final act of taking patient's life, whereas in PAS it is the patient who takes his or her life. In euthanasia, the physician has control over the process. In PAS, the physician controls the procedure up until the last act. The patient has control over the very act of suicide.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 91,102

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

What does a `right' to physician-assisted suicide (PAS) legally entail?M. T. Harvey - 2002 - Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 23 (4-5):271-286.
The Hastings Center and Euthanasia.Reed Richter - 1988 - The Euthanasia Review 3 (1):56-72.
Revisiting the Problem of Jewish Bioethics: The Case of Terminal Care.Y. Michael Barilan - 2003 - Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 13 (2):141-168.

Analytics

Added to PP
2009-01-28

Downloads
56 (#262,820)

6 months
6 (#252,172)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references