Euthanasia, Ethics and Public Policy

An Argument Against Legalisation

by John Keown

Whether the law should permit voluntary euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide is one of the most vital questions facing all modern societies. Internationally, the main obstacle to legalisation has proved to be the objection that, even if they were morally acceptable in certain 'hard cases', voluntary euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide could not be effectively controlled; society would slide down a 'slippery slope' to the killing of patients who did not make a free and informed request, or for whom palliative care would have offered an alternative. How cogent is this objection? This book provides the general reader (who need have no expertise in philosophy, law or medicine) with a lucid introduction to this central question in the debate, not least by reviewing the Dutch euthanasia experience. It will interest all in any country whether currently for or against legalisation, who wish to ensure that their opinions are better informed.
  • Cambridge University Press; April 2002
  • ISBN: 9780511028649
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  • Title: Euthanasia, Ethics and Public Policy
  • Author: John Keown
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

In The Press

'… undoubtedly one of the most comprehensive critiques of euthanasia and, serves as a necessary counterbalance to the growing number of pro-euthanasia contributions. … Lawyers and non-lawyers alike with an interest in end-of-life issues will therefore find this a stimulating addition to their undoubtedly well-stocked libraries.' New Law Journal