Whose Life is it Anyway?

82 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2006

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Kam C. Wong

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh


Ever since biblical time, voluntary euthanasia debate has raged unabated. There is no realistic prospect that the debate is going away in the near future. This article represents a continuation and extension of the physician assisted suicide (PAS) and euthanasia debate. The article reports upon a constructed dialogue between a terminally sick cancer patient laboring under great pain and suffering who wanted to die a peaceful and dignified death and a humanistic doctor committed to saving life personally and professionally who refused to engage in PAS. It is not the purpose of this article to break new grounds in theory or adduce additional evidence for or against PAS. In its essence and at its heart, this article is a reassessment of the old (arguments) and prospecting upon the new (possibilities). The enterprise on hand is to create conducive conditions for new or different or creative ideas to emerge in the process of reexamining, reinterpreting, and renewed understanding (the limitations as well as potentiality of) old ones. It is further hoped that if such ideas are favorably received, explored, cultivated and expounded upon by the readers involved they will some day take root and blossom, creating different school of thoughts in the near term and making possible radical paradigm shift in the long term.

Keywords: euthanasia, physician assisted suicide, suicide, terminal illness

Suggested Citation

Wong, Kam C., Whose Life is it Anyway?. Cardozo Public Law, Policy and Ethics Journal, Vol. 5, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=914515

Kam C. Wong (Contact Author)

University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh ( email )

800 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI WI 54901

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