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1st Edition

Regulating the End of Life
Death Rights

Edited By

Sue Westwood

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ISBN 9780367333539
September 10, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

Death Rights is a collection of cutting-edge chapters on assisted dying and euthanasia, written by leading authors in the field.

Providing an overview of current regulation on assisted dying and euthanasia, both in the UK and internationally, this book also addresses the associated debates on ethical, moral and rights issues. It considers whether, just as there is a right to life, there should also be a right to death, especially in the context of unbearable human suffering. The unintended consequences of prohibitions on assisted dying and euthanasia are explored, and the argument put forward that knowing one can choose when and how one dies can be life-extending, rather than life-limiting. Key critiques from feminist and disability studies are addressed. The overarching theme of the collection is that death is an embodied right which we should be entitled to exercise, with appropriate safeguards, as and when we choose.

Making a novel contribution to the debate on assisted dying, this interdisciplinary book will appeal to those with relevant interests in law, socio-legal studies, applied ethics, medical ethics, politics, philosophy, and sociology.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction (Sue Westwood) Part 1. Law and Ethics 2. Legal change on assisted dying (Penney Lewis) 3. Assisted dying, ethics and the law: For, against, or somewhere in between? (Richard Huxtable) 4. Euthanasia as life-extension (Anthony Wrigley) 5. Unintended consequences of legal prohibitions on assisted dying (Amanda Ward and Scott Kennedy) Part 2. Morals and Values 6. The changing status of euthanasia and other forms of chosen death (Thomas Tierney) 7. Protection of human dignity and its application at the beginning and end of life (Samantha Halliday) 8. Assisted dying legislation in Australia: a values-based critique (Lindy Wilmott) 9. Palliatively supported voluntary stopping of eating and drinking: Moral disagreement (Isra Black and Ralf Jox) Part 3: Rights 10. European Convention on Human Rights, Article 2 (‘Right to Life’): A breach of the rights of those wanting to end their lives? (Nataly Papadopolou) 11. Laughing to death: Necrosocialities and right to die activism (Ari Gandsman) 12. Dying alone: Exercising a right or transgressing the rules? (Glenys Caswell) 13. The wish for a self-directed death in old age: reflections based on a Dutch case (Els Vanwijngaarden) Part 4: Embodied Choice 14. Embodied choice: Assisted dying and euthanasia contrasted with contraception and abortion in USA contexts (Dena Davis) 15. Capabilities, disability, and medical aid in dying in USA contexts (Christopher A. Riddle) 16. Embodiment, choice and control at the beginning and ending of life: Paradoxes and contradictions (Sue Westwood)

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Sue Westwood is a Lecturer in Law at York University.