Finding a way through the ethical and legal maze : withdrawing medical treatment and euthanasia
McGee, Andrew (2005) Finding a way through the ethical and legal maze : withdrawing medical treatment and euthanasia. Medical Law Review, 13(3), pp. 357-385.
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This article examines Finnis' and Keown's claim that the intention/foresight distinction should be used as the basis for the lawfulness of withholding and withdrawing medical treatment, rather than the act/omission distinction which is currently used. I argue that whilst the intention/foresight distinction is sound and can apply to palliative pain relief hastening death, it cannot be applied to withholding and withdrawing medical treatment. Instead, the act/omission distinction remains the better basis for the lawfulness of withholding and withdrawal, and law reform is consequently unnecessary.
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