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Deciding for Others

L.W. Sumner

in Assisted Death

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9780199607983
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729652 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199607983.003.0005
Deciding for Others

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The argument here moves on to the justifiability of non‐voluntary euthanasia for patients lacking decisional capacity. Two categories of cases are examined: patients who were formerly competent and those who are never competent. For patients in the first category, especially those who have come to suffer from severe dementia or permanent vegetative state, reliance on advance directives, including euthanasia directives, is defended. For patients in the second category, especially infants with serious disabilities, euthanasia can sometimes be justified as being the best means of preventing unnecessary suffering.

Keywords: non‐voluntary euthanasia; decisional capacity; competence; dementia; permanent vegetative state; advance directives; infants; disability

Chapter.  14991 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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