When should voluntary euthanasia not be an option? | Quassim Cassam | Comment is free | The Guardian

When should voluntary euthanasia not be an option? | Quassim Cassam | Comment is free | The Guardian.

Many of my students debate that euthanasia (especially voluntary) should be legalised, but this article brings up some interesting counter points.

Is this still true for people with mental illnesses? Do they have the same capacity for rational thinking and should they be able to make decisions medically? This opened up a conversation about society’s view of suicide.

Secondly should the same right be allowed for criminals? In the case of Ian Brady he wants to die and Britain’s legal system is keeping him alive, so what rights should they have and enjoy?

Shadows of prison bars

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