Issues in Law & Medicine

Journal covering legal and ethical issues in the delivery of medical care.

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 3, Winter

Altruistic Humanism and Voluntary Beneficent Euthanasia
I wish to begin with a passage from the writings of Mahatma Gandhi: I see there is an instinctive horror of killing living beings under any circumstances whatever. For instance, an alternative has been sug- gested in the shape of confining even...
Federal Policy on Forgoing Treatment or Care: Contradictions or Consistency?
Attempting to discuss federal policy in almost any area of law is a tricky business at best. However, when the area is as controversial and eclectic as forgoing or withholding medical care, discerning federal policy, as though there is a single such...
Nutrition and Hydration: Moral and Pastoral Reflections
Committee for Pro-Life Activities National Conference of Catholic Bishops April 1992 Introduction Modern medical technology seems to confront us with many questions not faced even a decade ago. Corresponding changes in medical practice...
Once More Unto the Breach: The Right to Die - Again
I live in one of those rare enclaves in America, an academic town, a place that is in America but not quite of it. It is in places of this kind that one was more likely to encounter that macabre spectacle that took place in my own town of Amherst shortly...
State V. McKown
HELD: Where the state has clearly expressed its intention to permit good faith reliance on spiritual treatment and prayer as an alternative to conventional medical care, it cannot, without giving defendants fair notice of prohibited conduct,...
The Case for Euthanasia: A Humanistic Perspective
I wish to present the moral case for voluntary beneficent euthanasia, both active and passive. I also wish to outline an ethical theory in defense of it. Secular humanists are often challenged for defending euthanasia, but I submit that there is a...
Voluntary Active Euthanasia: The Next Frontier?
I am not a legal expert on voluntary active euthanasia; I approach the subject as a journalist. I have watched the media report stories about individuals with severe disabilities who come into the public eye because of a wish that their lives be ended,...
Voluntary Active Euthanasia: The Next Frontier: Impact on the Indigent
Legal change permitting competent, terminally ill adults the right to request and receive the aid of a physician to end their lives is indeed the next frontier. Aiding, abetting, and assisting a suicide is now a crime in nearly every state of the Union....
Werth V. Taylor
HELD: Only the contemporaneous refusal of treatment by a fully informed, competent adult patient is sufficient to override evidence of medical necessity, and no action lies for battery for treating a patient without such refusal. Two months before...
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