Abstract

http://ssrn.com/abstract=1141216
 


 



Society's Search for a Legal and Ethical Basis of Physician-Assisted Suicide


Rebecca C. Morgan


Stetson University College of Law

D. Dixon Sutherland


Stetson University (DeLand)

June 2008


Abstract:     
A review of the way physician-assisted suicide (PAS) is being addressed in the United States reveal three models, each functioning out of distinctive concepts of autonomy: (1) litigation, which utilizes philosophical autonomy; (2) legislation, which utilizes political autonomy; and (3) act of conscience by a physician, which utilizes consumer autonomy. Each model raises a correspondingly distinct set of ethical questions and challenges centered around their point of reference - the judicial system, voters, or the doctor-patient relationship. The challenge for religion is to address PAS in solidarity with sufferers, physicians, and the community, rather than retreating into iconoclastic dogmas.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 20

Keywords: physician-assisted suicide, end-of-life decisionmaking, dying, ethical dilemmas, palliative care, religion and dying

JEL Classification: I10, I19, K10, K19

working papers series





Download This Paper

Date posted: June 6, 2008  

Suggested Citation

Morgan, Rebecca C. and Sutherland, D. Dixon, Society's Search for a Legal and Ethical Basis of Physician-Assisted Suicide (June 2008). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1141216 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1141216

Contact Information

Rebecca C. Morgan (Contact Author)
Stetson University College of Law ( email )
1401 61st Street South
Gulfport, FL 33707
United States

D. Dixon Sutherland
Stetson University (DeLand) ( email )
421 N. Woodland Blvd
DeLand, FL 32723
United States
(386)822-8931 (Phone)
Feedback to SSRN


Paper statistics
Abstract Views: 634
Downloads: 63
Download Rank: 210,927

© 2014 Social Science Electronic Publishing, Inc. All Rights Reserved.  FAQ   Terms of Use   Privacy Policy   Copyright   Contact Us
This page was processed by apollo3 in 0.438 seconds