Euthanasia: the Fundamental Issues (IN: The Least Worst Death: Essays in Bioethics on the end of Life, by Margaret Pabst Battin)
Battin M P
This chapter presents the author’s case that opposition to euthanasia is in serious moral error. She argues this on the grounds of mercy, autonomy & justice, which are commonly the major arguments for euthanasia. These arguments are explored in detail & contrasted with the slippery slope arguments – those most often used against euthanasia. The author acknowledges the dangers of legalized euthanasia & consequently suggests that there is a safer way to discharge moral duties than to rely on physician-initiated euthanasia, which is also explored in this chapter.