Assisted suicide and the killing of people? Maybe. Physician-assisted suicide and the killing of patients? No: the rejection of Shaw's new perspective on euthanasia

Hugh V. McLachlan

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Abstract

David Shaw presents a new argument to support the old claim that there is not a significant moral difference between killing and letting die and, by implication, between active and passive euthanasia. He concludes that doctors should not make a distinction between them. However, whether or not killing and letting die are morally equivalent is not as important a question as he suggests. One can justify legal distinctions on non-moral grounds. One might oppose physician-assisted suicide and active euthanasia when performed by doctors on patients whether or not one is in favour of the legalisation of assisted suicide and active euthanasia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-309
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
Volume36
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

Keywords

  • medical ethics
  • euthanasia

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