The ethical debate: human life, autonomy, legal
hypocrisy, and the slippery slope
|•||that it is right for a doctor intentionally to terminate the life of a patient at the patient's request when death is thought to be a benefit;|
|•||that such a course, as well as recognising that life is sometimes a burden rather than a benefit, also respects the patient's autonomy, the patient's right to make his or her own decisions;|
|•||that the current law is ineffective and inconsistent: not only does it fail to stop the clandestine practice of VAE by some doctors but it hypocritically permits some forms of medical practice, such as administering life-shortening doses of palliative drugs, which are actually a form of euthanasia.|
Chapters 4–6 will consider each argument, and corresponding counterarguments, in turn. Chapter 7 will then consider a major argument against decriminalising VAE – the so-called slippery slope argument.