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Hastening Death: The Seven Deadly Sins of the Status Quo
Physician-Assisted Dying: The Case for Palliative Care & Patient Choice (2004)
  • Charles H. Baron, Boston College Law School
Abstract
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.
Keywords
  • end-of-life treatment,
  • assisted suicide,
  • terminal illness,
  • bioethics
Publication Date
2004
Editor
Timothy E. Quill and Margaret P. Battin
Publisher
Johns Hopkins University Press
Citation Information
Charles H. Baron. "Hastening Death: The Seven Deadly Sins of the Status Quo" BaltimorePhysician-Assisted Dying: The Case for Palliative Care & Patient Choice (2004)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/charles_baron/3/