Clayton's compromises and the assisted dying debate

Parker, Malcolm (2015) Clayton's compromises and the assisted dying debate. Journal of Law and Medicine, 22 3: 526-533.

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Author Parker, Malcolm
Title Clayton's compromises and the assisted dying debate
Journal name Journal of Law and Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1320-159X
Publication date 2015-03-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Other
Volume 22
Issue 3
Start page 526
End page 533
Total pages 8
Place of publication Rozelle, NSW Australia
Publisher Lawbook
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Richard Huxtable has recently argued that while assisted dying has been both repeatedly condemned and commended, a compromise resolution is possible. Following critique of other purported solutions, he argues for a new legal offence of "compassionate killing" as a plausible compromise between supporters and opponents of legalised assisted dying, because it offers something of significance to both sides. However, it turns out that "compassionate killing" would leave both sides with insufficient net benefit for the proposal to qualify as a compromise between them. By analogy with another apparently intractable bioethical debate, concerning destructive embryo research, this column rejects Huxtable's solution as another "Clayton's compromise". True compromise is not possible in bioethical debates involving divisions over deeply held values and world views. Resolving such debates inevitably involves the substitution of one dominant world view with another.
Keyword Assisted dying
Compassionate killing
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Created: Thu, 23 Apr 2015, 08:06:25 EST by Dr Malcolm Parker on behalf of School of Medicine