Euthanasia: why it doesn`t matter (much) what the doctor thinks and why there is no suggestion that doctors should have a duty to kill

Bagaric, Mirko and Amarasekara, Kumar 2002, Euthanasia: why it doesn`t matter (much) what the doctor thinks and why there is no suggestion that doctors should have a duty to kill, Journal of law and medicine, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 221-231.

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Title Euthanasia: why it doesn`t matter (much) what the doctor thinks and why there is no suggestion that doctors should have a duty to kill
Author(s) Bagaric, Mirko
Amarasekara, Kumar
Journal name Journal of law and medicine
Volume number 10
Issue number 2
Start page 221
End page 231
Publisher Lawbook Co.
Place of publication North Ryde, N.S.W
Publication date 2002-11
ISSN 1320-159X
Summary A major reason that The Netherlands has taken a different approach to the rest of the world on such a fundamental moral issue is that the courts and legislature in that country have accorded the interests of doctors a cardinal role in the euthanasia debate. This article argues that the interests of doctors are of only incidental and peripheral relevance in relation to the moral status of euthanasia. The moral status of euthanasia has little to do with the
preparedness ofdoctors to administer the lethal injection or their general attitude towards the practice. Euthanasia is principally about the interests of the patient and the impact that the practice may have on the community in general, not preserving the conscience or improving the working life ofdoctors.
Language eng
Field of Research 180126 Tort Law
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001743

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Law
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