Year: 1999 Source: First Things: a Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life, no.94, (June/July 1999), p.14-16 SIEC No: 20060975

The author reviews a study by Emanuel & Battin regarding the financial impact of legalizing assisted suicide. Smith argues that by adopting faulty statistics, using unduly conservative time-left-to-live estimates, ignoring pertinent differences between Dutch & American medical practices, & refusing to address the financial incentives in assisted suicide decision making at individual & family levels, the Emanual & Battin article is of little empirical value. Instead, he asserts that its publication in a noted medical journal gives it the potential for great mischief as a basis for complacency about money as one of the driving forces behind the assisted suicide movement.