Year: 1987 Source: Issues in Law and Medicine, v.3, no.3, (Winter 1987), p.281-293 SIEC No: 19910524

This article discusses the morality of both suicide & assisted suicide. The author discusses the concepts of autonomy & self determination vs. beneficence & helping others. The nature of assistance is discussed, as is the grounds for assistance (e.g. a terminal illness). It is concluded that direct assistance should be subject to legal scrutiny, since this could lead to abuse. Providing information & encouragement, however, should not be illegal. (VM)