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Confronting Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: My Father's Death


Susan M. Wolf


University of Minnesota Law School

September 1, 2008

The Hastings Center Report, Vol. 38, No. 5, pp. 23-26, 2008

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This article recounts the author’s struggle with her dying father’s request to “accelerate” death. After termination of artificial nutrition and hydration, he asks, in effect, for physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia. The author initially refuses. But her devotion to her father forces her to reconsider her position. “My father’s death forced me to rethink all I had written over two decades opposing legalization of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia.” In this article, narrative meets analytic scholarship, as the author is compelled to reconsider arguments developed over years of research and scholarship as her father lies dying. She finds the answer not just in logic, but in act of caring for her father and growing even closer as death nears.

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Keywords: Euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, health law, law and medicine, bioethics, narrative

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Date posted: December 13, 2010 ; Last revised: December 25, 2010

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Wolf, Susan M., Confronting Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: My Father's Death (September 1, 2008). The Hastings Center Report, Vol. 38, No. 5, pp. 23-26, 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1724751

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Susan M. Wolf (Contact Author)
University of Minnesota Law School ( email )
229 19th Avenue South
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