Euthanasia

Below are a selection of interesting and informative articles on the topic of euthanasia;

  • Worrying undercurrent of economics in debate on Euthanasia – William Reville – Irish Times 16.12.2010. This alarming article documents the abandonment by contemporary medicine of the Hippocratic oath and the rise in its place of a cost-saving mentality. Ethical medical commentator, biochemist William Reville, observes ‘we hear more and more arguments in favour of euthanasia. Whatever about other dimensions, there is a strong economic undercurrent to this debate. … Euthanasia will always be cheaper than multidisciplinary care of the dying.’ And it is not just the elderly who are vulnerable to the new economically driven pressure for euthanasia. ‘today, medical technology is very effective. Not only can medicine heal, it can improve healthy but “sub-optimal” bodies using a wide range of technologies’.
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  • Grappling with the rights and wrongs of euthanasia – William Reville – Irish Times 15.04.2012 Professor William Reville of University College Cork considers the arguments for and against euthanasia.
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  • Euthanasia – The notion of reconsidering therapy options as someone nears the end of their life is not euthanasia – Des O’ Neill – Sunday Times 17.05.2009.In this article Professor Des O’ Neill challenges the views of Professor Len Doyal, a euthanasia advocate, who spoke at University College Cork in April 2009.
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  • Mercy Killing? Never. I’ll fight like a lioness for my darling boy.. – Victoria Moore – Daily Mail 18th February 2010. This article tells the real life story of a person living with severe disability and his carer and was published in reaction to the high profile case in of Kay Gilderdale in Britain who helped her daughter Lynn commit suicide.
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