Voluntary euthanasia: a utilitarian perspective.

  title={Voluntary euthanasia: a utilitarian perspective.},
  author={P. Singer},
  volume={17 5-6},
  • P. Singer
  • Published 2003
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Bioethics
Belgium legalised voluntary euthanasia in 2002, thus ending the long isolation of the Netherlands as the only country in which doctors could openly give lethal injections to patients who have requested help in dying. Meanwhile in Oregon, in the United States, doctors may prescribe drugs for terminally ill patients, who can use them to end their life--if they are able to swallow and digest them. But despite President Bush's oft-repeated statements that his philosophy is to 'trust individuals to… Expand
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