Debating Death #5: Meeting End of Life Needs with Palliative Care

In previous articles we have discussed what the social consequences of legalizing euthanasia are and examined why there is no such thing as the “right to die” in international law. Our investigations led us to inevitably conclude that euthanasia is not the adequate solution to the problems of the end of life. This of course […]

Debating Death #4: Is There a “Right to Die” in the International Law?

In the last article, I have shown what the social consequences would be if a country legalized euthanasia. Now, I will examine a more factual question – is there a legal basis for claiming a “right to die”? No matter how closely we examine international law documents, we cannot find the “right to die” there. […]

Debating Death #2: How Will Legal Euthanasia Affect the Medical Profession?

This is a second in a series of “Debating Death” articles which examine ethical, political, medical, legal, social and cultural aspects of legalizing euthanasia. In the previous article, I examined whether liberal societies should legalize euthanasia out of respect for personal autonomy of individuals. As we have seen with the right to autonomy in euthanasia, each right must […]