Chapter

From Prohibition to Regulation

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/9780199607983.003.0007
From Prohibition to Regulation

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The case is made in this chapter for a regulatory regime for both forms of assisted death. The positive argument for such a regime appeals to the two civic virtues of compassion and respect, which rest in turn on the foundational values of well‐being and autonomy. A model regulatory policy is then outlined and defended against several well‐known objections, especially those that rest on concerns about abuse and slippery slopes. The experience of existing regulatory regimes is drawn on to rebut these objections.

Keywords: regulation; compassion; respect; well‐being; autonomy; model policy; abuse; slippery slope

Chapter.  22530 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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