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Euthanasia: A reply to Bartels and Otlowski


Prichard, J, Euthanasia: A reply to Bartels and Otlowski, Journal of Law and Medicine, 19, (3) pp. 610-621. ISSN 1320-159X (2012) [Refereed Article]

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This article counters arguments made by Bartels and Otlowski in 2010 regarding euthanasia. It suggests that the authors over-emphasised the importance of individual autonomy in its bearing on the euthanasia debate. Drawing on literature concerning elder abuse as well as the "mercy killing" cases reviewed by Bartels and Otlowski, the article contends that legalising euthanasia may increase the risk that some patients are pressured, inadvertently or deliberately, to request access. Safeguards to detect and deter pressure may be of limited effectiveness against such pressure. Regarding slippery slope arguments, the article discusses the potential for an Australian euthanasia system to eventually be extended in scope to encompass mental suffering. The article encourages consideration of long-term potentialities, including changes in macro-economic conditions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:euthanasia, assisted suicide, mercy killing, right to die, slippery slope
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Other law and legal studies
Research Field:Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Prichard, J (Associate Professor Jeremy Prichard)
ID Code:77826
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2012-05-30
Last Modified:2018-03-19
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