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Voluntary Euthanasia, Physician-Assisted Suicide, and the Right to do Wrong.
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PMID:  23338120     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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It has been argued that voluntary euthanasia (VE) and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) are morally wrong. Yet, a gravely suffering patient might insist that he has a moral right to the procedures even if they were morally wrong. There are also philosophers who maintain that an agent can have a moral right to do something that is morally wrong. In this article, I assess the view that a suffering patient can have a moral right to VE and PAS despite the moral wrongness of the procedures in light of the main argument for a moral right to do wrong found in recent philosophical literature. I maintain that the argument does not provide adequate support for such a right to VE and PAS.
Authors:
Jukka Varelius
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  HEC forum : an interdisciplinary journal on hospitals' ethical and legal issues     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1572-8498     ISO Abbreviation:  HEC Forum     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8917455     Medline TA:  HEC Forum     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Behavioural Sciences and Philosophy, University of Turku, FI-20014, Turku, Finland, jukvar@utu.fi.
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