Margaret Somerville argues that pro-euthanasia advocates have gone too far. She looks at various arguments for euthanasia and shows the extreme end of this argument: a wife who wants to die when her terminally-ill husband does, a patient who sees the cost of his medical care gets too expensive, and people who are terminated without consent. She argues that legalizing all aspects of euthanasia - included assisted suicide - is a slippery ethical slope.
This article is about Robert Latimer, a Saskatchewan farmer who killed his daughter in 1993 because she was suffering so terribly and had little hope of improvement - only more pain. It covers his story from the killing, through his court battles and imprisonment and finally his release from jail. It touches on the euthanasia debate, but I included it mostly because it gives a detailed background for the Ethics article.
This on-line article is a summary of some of the points made in a book : http://ethics-euthanasia.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/bookthumb-RobertLatimer.jpg It explores the Robert Latimer case from a legal ethics point of view, with the express purpose of arguing that Canadian laws around euthanasia should be reviewed and made more lenient. Gary Bauslaugh details some of the health concerns that Tracy Latimer had and why her father eventually killed her. He also goes on to argue that Robert Latimer has not been treated fairly by the Canadian court system, which should have been more compassionate towards his motives and his plight.
This article demonstrates the extreme end of euthanasia. Elizabeth Wettlaufer was a nurse in Ontario who killed at least 8 patients. She injected them with insulin. Apparently some of the patients were difficult dementia patients, but others were just random patients she attacked, basically without reason. This shows the how euthanasia can be twisted to allow for medical people to act out their own twisted demons. It demonstrates that the most vulnerable patients, often the elderly, are also most at risk of abuse of the medical system.
This documentary is in French with English subtitles. It outlines some very deep concerns about euthanasia that are arising, now that it has been legalized in Belgium. The documentary explores family concerns, patient needs, and doctor concerns around their own rights, ethics and palliative care. It clearly expresses a strong message that euthanasia is a moral and ethical nightmare.
Euthanasia - A Slippery slope I would write a detailed assessment of what euthanasia is, what the controversies are around it: looking specifically at the issues from the articles I have explored - s