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    The Inherent Instability of Euthanasia.Zac Alstin - 2010 - Bioethics Research Notes 22 (2):15.
    Alstin, Zac Euthanasia, which is defined as the intentional killing of another human being, is compared with the established categories of killing in self-defence or as a foreseeable consequence of medical treatment.
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    Locked-in Happiness.Zac Alstin - 2011 - Bioethics Research Notes 23 (1):11.
    Alstin, Zac Results of a Belgian study have revealed that a large number of people suffering from Locked-In Syndrome are happy. Disability is foremost a challenge to one's values, not to our happiness.
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    Volume 22 Issue 3 - 'Apres Moi Le Deluge'.Zac Alstin - 2012 - Bioethics Research Notes 22 (3):42-.
    Alstin, Zac The increasing support that euthanasia is gathering in South Australia with a new euthanasia bill about to be passed is discussed. Some of the implicit and explicit challenges and pressures that the introduction of such a bill will pose are highlighted.
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    Apres Moi Le Deluge.Zac Alstin - 2010 - Bioethics Research Notes 22 (3):42.
    Alstin, Zac The increasing support that euthanasia is gathering in South Australia with a new euthanasia bill about to be passed is discussed. Some of the implicit and explicit challenges and pressures that the introduction of such a bill will pose are highlighted.
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    Abortion Rates: Is a Rough Estimate Better Than No Estimate at All?Zac Alstin - 2012 - Bioethics Research Notes 24 (2):32.
    Alstin, Zac Conventional wisdom teaches that prohibition is counter-productive. We are all familiar with the idea that making something illegal - whether it be drug abuse, alcohol consumption, or abortion - merely 'drives it underground'. Abortion is indeed one of the most potent examples, with the spectre of 'backyard abortion' haunting any talk of restricting abortion access. On a global scale the term 'unsafe abortion' serves the same purpose - reinforcing the idea that unless abortion is made safe, legal, and (...)
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    The Great Australian Abortion Canard: Is Law Reform the End of the Issue?Zac Alstin - 2011 - Bioethics Research Notes 23 (2):26.
    Alstin, Zac At a March lecture in Canberra, Australian ethicist and pro-abortion activist Dr Leslie Cannold, spoke about the 'unfinished business' of abortion law reform in Australia. A frustrated friend sent me the transcript of this lecture and asked me to write something in response. But given the context of Cannold's lecture: a pro-abortion speech to a pro-abortion audience about pro-abortion law reform, a direct response seems impertinent. Plus, as a rule of thumb, when you play 'Pin the Tail' on (...)
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    The Natural Law of Moral Decline.Zac Alstin - 2011 - Bioethics Research Notes 23 (3):42.
    Alstin, Zac The varied iterations of Natural Law theory draw - either explicitly or implicitly - upon a meta-physical account of human nature. They are firmly grounded in an objective description of human nature, and the goods which characterise and sustain it. Natural Law theory is primarily a work of discovery: we distinguish between good and evil in the first instance by observing and discovering the things that contribute to human flourishing.
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    Where Have All the Moralists Gone?Zac Alstin - 2012 - Bioethics Research Notes 24 (1):12.
    Alstin, Zac Do you know the term realpolitik? It' German for realistic or practical politics, and implies a view of political life in which ideals and ethics are subordinate to practical goals. Readers may be surprised to learn that there was ever a time when politics was not self-evidently the pursuit of practical goals without regard to ideals or ethics. 'olitics'alone is now sufficient to invoke bastardry, deceit, and terrifying acts of pragmatism, in the minds of many.
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    What Did Sheen Know?Zac Alstin - 2010 - Bioethics Research Notes 22 (4):59.
    Alstin, Zac While researching the possibility of a link between the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the rejection of traditional Western values, a quotation from Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen emerged in which he seemed to identify just such a connection. The argument in its bare essentials is that the affirmation of a gravely immoral act is implicit rejection of any moral theory which condemns such an act. Traditional Western ethics condemns the bombing of Hiroshima as gravely immoral. Therefore, affirmation (...)
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