Reflections on the Netherlands’ New Euthanasia Law,” Jos V.
BBC - Ethics: Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide
42. Johanna H. Groenewoud et al, “Clinical Problems with the Performance of Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide in the Netherlands,” 342 New England Journal of Medicine (Feb. 24, 2000), pp. 553-555.
The Ethics of Euthanasia - Quantonics
This analysis has provided an overview of the ethical conflictthat has arisen regarding death in American society. It has presenteddefinitions and an examination of the legal state of euthanasiaand assisted suicide, along with a discussion of a fierce societaldebate where both sides of the controversy are represented. Ihave also presented some different philosophical and ethical approachesin an attempt to determine which courses of action on this subjectare ethical. While traditional ethical theories and approachesto the problem are found to be lacking, the metaphysics of qualityand its resultant ethic of care allow us to understand that morallycorrect decisions regarding euthanasia and assisted suicide canbe made and that there is no specific set of rules which can aidus in these decisions. Such decisions must be made by individualsinvolved in their own situations, and we as a society must deferto the individual's power that resides in the intellectual capacityfor original thought.
Debate Topic: Is euthanasia ethical
Over and over again, we see physicians and bioethicists taking a stand against euthanasia and assisted suicide and promoting palliative care and hospice. And when they do, the pro-lifers enthusiastically applaud, not realizing they are not going to get what they think. These same physicians and bioethicists allow for Third Way killing in palliative care or hospice settings that accounts for many, many thousands of imposed deaths each year. The problem with Dr. Ezekiel's (and others') discussions lies in what ethical considerations and assumptions are used when deciding what reforms to implement.