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FREEDOM IN THE END OF LIFE CONTEXT A Reflection

Nagle, Cormac (2008) FREEDOM IN THE END OF LIFE CONTEXT A Reflection. Caroline Chisholm Health Ethics Bulletin, 13 (4). pp. 4-6. ISSN 1443-3591

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Abstract

The supporters of euthanasia regularly air through the media their arguments for the right to have the freedom to take one’s life. The emphasis on personal freedom despite present laws struck me as I read Phillip Nitschke’s description of his homemade suicide pill and self injecting apparatus. The goal, in this situation, is to give people the freedom to end their own life with the assistance of others. I want to look at the end of life period from the other quite factual perspective, namely, that since we are not free not to die, what freedoms we do retain in these circumstances?
It is normal for people to go into shock when they realise that death, either for themselves or for a loved one, is sure within a limited period of time, as happens so often, for example, with ovarian cancer. Which freedoms remain and how can we see and make these freedoms into a positive development of our life and character?

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: freedom to give up, to choose one's attitude, to be creative, proportionate.
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2201 Applied Ethics > 220101 Bioethics (human and animal)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920211 Palliative Care
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: D - Ethics / Moral Theology
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Dr Cormac M. Nagle
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2016 01:12
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2016 01:12
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2133

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