A moral defense of Oregon's physician-assisted suicide law

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Abstract

Since 1998, physician-assisted suicide has been legal in the American state of Oregon. In this paper, I defend Oregon's physician-assisted suicide (PAS) law against two of the most common objections raised against it. First, I try to show that it is not intrinsically wrong for someone with a terminal disease to kill herself. Second, I try to show that it is not intrinsically wrong for physicians to assist someone with a terminal disease who has reasonable grounds for wanting to kill herself.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-67
Number of pages15
JournalMortality
Volume10
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2005

Keywords

  • Autonomy
  • Callahan
  • Double Effect
  • Kass
  • Oregon
  • Pellegrino
  • Physician-Assisted Suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Religious studies
  • Philosophy

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