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dc.contributor.authorAhdar, Rex
dc.date.available2018-11-29T03:17:21Z
dc.date.copyright2016
dc.identifier.citationNew Zealand Law Review, Forthcoming.en_NZ
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10523/8627
dc.description.abstractThe arguments in favour of legalising voluntary euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide initially appear convincing. We should, it is said, respect people’s autonomy, euthanasia is a compassionate response to unbearable suffering, it has (supposedly) worked well in those nations that have implemented it, and so on. But on closer analysis, the arguments are far less persuasive. Such a new law is unnecessary given the current legal ability of all but the most incapacitated to take their own life and the availability of palliative care. Any euthanasia law — even one carefully drafted with requisite safeguards — is susceptible to noncompliance and vulnerable to abuse. Moreover, any law would face the ineradicable reality of self-imposed pressure the vulnerable experience to “do the right thing”. This article sets out ten reasons why euthanasia should not be legalised and contends that the case for decriminalising it has not been made out by the proponents of it.en_NZ
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoenen_NZ
dc.publisherLegal Research Foundationen_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofNew Zealand Law Reviewen_NZ
dc.subjectvoluntary euthanasiaen_NZ
dc.subjectassisted suicideen_NZ
dc.subjectlegalisationen_NZ
dc.subjectPASen_NZ
dc.titleThe Case Against Euthanasia and Assisted Suicideen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
dc.date.updated2018-11-28T20:35:18Z
otago.schoolUniversity of Otago Faculty of Lawen_NZ
otago.openaccessOpenen_NZ
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