Illness, suffering and voluntary euthanasia

Bioethics 21 (2):75–83 (2007)

Abstract
It is often accepted that we may legitimately speak about voluntary euthanasia only in cases of persons who are suffering because they are incurably injured or have an incurable disease. This article argues that when we consider the moral acceptability of voluntary euthanasia, we have no good reason to concentrate only on persons who are ill or injured and suffering.
Keywords suffering  autonomy  the definition of voluntary euthanasia  illness  death
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-8519.2007.00527.x
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