This paper examines the issue of euthanasia, or physician assisted suicide, which has become increasingly prominent in the media and subject to public debate in recent years, both in the United States and the United Kingdom. This can largely be attributed to the publicity surrounding high-profile cases in which people suffering from terminal illnesses have ended their lives through voluntary euthanasia, and the increase in “suicide tourism” to Switzerland from the United Kingdom and other countries. The paper analyzes common arguments against euthanasia such as religious objections and concerns about a “slippery slope” leading to involuntary euthanasia. It reviews individual cases of voluntary euthanasia and relevant studies, and examines the opposing arguments in favor of the legalization of euthanasia.
Sawtell-Fearn, J. E. (2017). Death with Dignity. Exigence, 1 (1). Retrieved from http://commons.vccs.edu/exigence/vol1/iss1/3