Assisted Suicide: The Liberal, Humanist Case Against Legalization

  title={Assisted Suicide: The Liberal, Humanist Case Against Legalization},
  author={Kevin L. Yuill},
Kevin Yuill goes straight to the heart of a difficult issue. Critical of both sides of the discussion, this book presents an up-to-date analysis of the direction discussion is taking, showing that atheists, libertarians, those favouring abortion rights and stem-cell research should stand beside their religious compatriots in opposing legalization of assisted suicide. The author shows that the real issue behind the debate is not euthanasia but suicide. Rather than focusing on tragic cases, he… Expand

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