WHY EUTHANASIA IS WRONG Euthanasia is probably the most hotly debated issue in current bioethics. Lobby groups around the world are pressing for legislative changes to make euthanasia legal. Yet euthanasia is a grave moral wrong and cannot be justified, since it is the intentional killing of the innocent. I will argue that not even voluntary euthanasia can be justified, hence a fortiori non-voluntary and involuntary euthanasia cannot be justified. Further, no case for euthanasia can be based on the acts/omissions distinction. We must also understand the distinction between ordinary and extraordinary means to see how euthanasia is not the same as other kinds of situtation that do not involve intentional killing. Supporters of euthanasia rely on the concept of 'quality of life' to defend their case. Yet this concept is either incoherent or a disguise for other, more sinister, ideas behind the arguments for euthanasia. The case for euthansia has no foundations whatsoever.
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