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Legal history ignored by opponents of medically assisted death

by Stuart Chambers, Ph.D.

In a recent article in the National Review, author and lawyer Wesley Smith takes issue with what he describes as an unprincipled attack against Not Dead Yet (NDY), an American disability rights organization. From a legal and medical standpoint, both NDY and Smith support the withholding and withdrawing of medical treatment but remain steadfast in their opposition to legalizing assisted suicide and euthanasia.

As with NDY, Smith vigorously defends this stance based on the omission/commission moral distinction. As negative acts, omissions imply that no action is taken; there is an exclusion of a requisite step leading directly to a consequence.…

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