Year: 1989 Source: Philadelphia: Charles Press, 1989. p.173-187 SIEC No: 20031162

This chapter argues that it is legally inconsistent to honor a terminally ill patient’s request for removal of life support equipment, but deny a similarly situated patient’s request for an immediate & painless death merely because a second party’s active assistance is needed. The author also argues that imposing legal sanctions on an involved second party effectively denies a patient the right to choose euthanasia. (16 refs)