Is a Dr turning down a euthanasia request unjust?

“Unless doctors are to be committed to kill anyone and everyone who makes a stable and competent request for death, they are going to have to proceed on a classification of lives as worth living or not worth living,” Professor John Finnis. Legal scholar and philosopher, specialising in the philosophy of law, Finnis is Professor of Law at University College, Oxford and at the University of Notre Dame, teaching jurisprudence, political theory, and constitutional law.

This, for me, captures an element of the core difficulty with euthanasia, its pervasive impact on Dr/Patient relationship, and its dangers in the very short term after legislation is implemented.

How do you draw the line, how do you deal with the “injustice” of denial?


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