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Euthanasia: A reply to Bartels and Otlowski

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posted on 2023-05-17, 11:51 authored by Jeremy PrichardJeremy Prichard
This article counters arguments made by Bartels and Otlowski in 2010 regarding euthanasia. It suggests that the authors over-emphasised the importance of individual autonomy in its bearing on the euthanasia debate. Drawing on literature concerning elder abuse as well as the "mercy killing" cases reviewed by Bartels and Otlowski, the article contends that legalising euthanasia may increase the risk that some patients are pressured, inadvertently or deliberately, to request access. Safeguards to detect and deter pressure may be of limited effectiveness against such pressure. Regarding slippery slope arguments, the article discusses the potential for an Australian euthanasia system to eventually be extended in scope to encompass mental suffering. The article encourages consideration of long-term potentialities, including changes in macro-economic conditions.

History

Publication title

Journal of Law and Medicine

Volume

19

Pagination

610-621

ISSN

1320-159X

Department/School

Faculty of Law

Publisher

Thomson Reuters

Place of publication

North Ryde

Rights statement

Copyright 2012 Thomson Reuters

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Justice and the law not elsewhere classified

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