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Author(s): Amelia Diaconescu
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Addleton Academic Publishers
Keywords: euthanasia; assisted suicide; the right to life

Summary/Abstract: Along with the ageing of the population and progresses in medicine, a significant number of very sick people are maintained alive, thanks to various techniques, which creates an inconstant boundary between life and death. The scientific development of these medical techniques raises complex issues and engenders debates: social debate regarding the high cost of treatment in terminal phases, ethical debate because the struggle for life is a fundamental requirement of our societies and medical ethics in particular; religious debate “to not kill” and legal debate, the right to respect for life which prohibits and prosecutes homicide; but also the right to respect and guarantee the individual’s autonomy, the self-determination of the subject with regard to his own body.

  • Issue Year: IV/2012
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 474-483
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English