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Death in Morbid Fascination: Can there ever be a Right to Die?
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Death and Morbid Fascination: Can there ever be a Right to Die? Introduction Despite the universal inevitability of death, the issue of dying will constantly exist as a fearsome yet darkly interesting issue. The media is fascinated with death; movies and books keep watchers and readers glued to the process of death as it is played out on screen or within pages (Blakey and Murray 941, McKenzie)…
The demise of legal attempts to regulate anything other than the prohibition of acts which cause death has caused heated debate. This is particularly the case for abortion and assisted suicide. This paper will explore the issue of death as embodied in the law, and societal responses to attempts to provide some form of ‘right to die’. Abortion and Death What is primarily a relevant topic for debate is the way in which the law treats euthanasia and abortion differently. While the law essentially allows the killing of another (the foetus), it openly prohibits granting others the right to help another who expressly wishes to die (Klasing). The approach of the law to these two issues brings a great deal of principles into play: is killing the unborn human more palatable than killing the already born human? Why is a life of pain and suffering not to able to succumb to the right to die? Can there ever exist a right to die? Before such underlying principles are assessed, it is primarily necessary to provide a brief overview of the stance of the law (and underlying public policy principles) relating to euthanasia and abortion. Abortion law in the UK initially emerged as early as the 13th century through common law decisions. ...
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