Vulnerable People

Practical Rejoinders to Claims in Favor of Assisted Suicide

Published In: In Foley K, Hendin H (eds.) The Case Against Assisted Suicide: For the Right to End-of-Life Care (Baltimore, MD: The John Hopkins University Press, 2002), Chapter 11, p. 238-260

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2002

by Felicia Cohn, Joanne Lynn

In this chapter, the authors argue that -nine of the most common and most compelling arguments for legalizing physician-assisted suicide are unpersuasive or misleading. They then present their positions against those nine arguments, which range from The public wants physician-assisted suicide to the law can protect people from abuses of physician-assisted suicide. The authors conclude that the community would be better off keeping physician-assisted suicide illegal while learning how to provide reliable, good care to all with serious, eventually fatal illnesses.

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