[ExI] Right to Suicide

Chris Hibbert hibbert at mydruthers.com
Sun Sep 25 20:29:54 UTC 2016

Stathis Papaioannou wrote:
> If an 18 year old tells the doctor he plans to kill himself because his
> girlfriend left him, and the doctor helps him to do so after determining it
> is his choice, should that be both legal and ethical?

You'd have to add a lot more detail before any doctor would see that as 
ethical. You'd have to add a lot of unworkable detail to the law to make 
it airtight illegal. In the latter case, a jury would have to use their 
judgement and look for a broader context. If the law was tight enough 
that all cases fitting this description were illegal, then it would have 
to forbid more acts than it should.


  caution: long

Chris Hibbert
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