Summary: In its two recent cases about the hotly debated issue of physician assisted suicide, the United States Supreme Court concluded its majority opinion with the declaration that, "Americans are engaged in an earnest and profound debate about the morality, legality, and practicality of physician-assisted suicide. . . . Our holding permits this debate to continue, as it should in a democratic society." A consequence of the Supreme Court's decision is to return di ...show morescussion to the states, to deal with this heated issue either legislatively or by citizen referendum. Physician Assisted Suicide: Expanding the Debate is a cross-disciplinary collection of essays that advances such reflection and discussion during the politically turbulent period to come.
The question of physician assisted suicide is not a simple matter. By offering views from a range of disciplines, including bioethics, law, medicine, and religion this book draws attention to the variety of questions to be addressed, for example: