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Euthanasia: Definitions, Concerns and Proposals

Discussion Paper by Arnold Voth

In this paper Dr. Arnold Voth explores euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide from a medical point of view. The author’s preferred term is “Death by Choice.” He suggests Canadians will eventually require elected officials to resolve the issue of euthanasia.

Voth considers an important question: does the state have the authority to restrict an individual’s choice to be killed on his/her own terms? He argues that individual actions can impact the broader community, which justifies cautious and limited intervention by the state. Further, the author suggests the mechanism for change is not as important as developing the moral authority to bring about consensus on such a controversial issue.

In his paper Voth questions the decision-making process and explores the implications of legalizing euthanasia. The author presents historical and current examples on this subject that raise justifiable concerns. Voth concludes by developing several proposals aimed to clarify key questions in this debate. Issues worth consideration are who supports euthanasia, why they support it, and how “new” boundaries can be guaranteed.

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Policy Publication Details

Author(s): Arnold Voth;
Publisher: Centre for Cultural Renewal [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2006; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: National;
Registration Required: No Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF, Hard Copy

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Crime & Justice / Legislation
Policy Articles / Crime & Justice / Human Rights
Policy Articles / Crime & Justice
Policy Articles / Crime & Justice / Human Rights / 2006
Policy Articles / Crime & Justice / Legislation / 2006

Keywords / Tags:

euthanasia; physician-assisted suicide; medical viewpoint; limited state intervention; moral authority; legalize euthanasia;