[ExI] Right to Suicide

Stathis Papaioannou stathisp at gmail.com
Sun Sep 25 21:55:09 UTC 2016

On Monday, 26 September 2016, Chris Hibbert <hibbert at mydruthers.com> wrote:

> 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.

I bring up this example to show that it's facile to say that anyone who
wants to kill themselves should be allowed to, and assisting them should
not be a crime.

Stathis Papaioannou
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