The seven deadly sins of the status quo -- inhumanity, paternalism, Utilitarianism, hypocrisy, lawlessness, injustice, and the deadly risk of error and abuse -- are seven arguments against maintaining the artificial bright-line distinction between the prohibition against assisted suicide and the allowance of patients’ right to refuse life-prolonging treatment. This article calls on courts and legislatures to follow the successful example of the Oregon Death with Dignity statute.
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- Journal title
Physician-Assisted Dying: The Case for Palliative Care & Patient Choice
- Date submitted
6 September 2022
- Additional information
Charles H. Baron. "Hastening Death: The Seven Deadly Sins of the Status Quo." In Physician-Assisted Dying: The Case for Palliative Care & Patient Choice, edited by Timothy E. Quill and Margaret P. Battin, 309-321. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.