WORRIES, PROBLEMS, DANGERS, PERILS, ABUSES, & MISTAKES
POSSIBLE UNDER ANY SYSTEM PERMITTING CHOSEN DEATH
Whenever laws are changed to permit a new form of
consequences might follow from
changing the laws.
Some of these abuses and mistakes might be quite rare and unlikely.
But all conceivable problems should be taken into account
when safeguards are built into any new laws.
No system of safeguards will be fool-proof.
No matter what methods are used to prevent mistakes and abuses,
some bad consequences
will still occasionally slip past the safeguards.
This is where the civil and
criminal penalties come into play.
Whenever someone has been guilty of causing a premature death,
the criminal-justice system should have the capacity to uncover that
and to prosecute the persons responsible.
Safeguards to permit voluntary death or merciful
should at the same time discourage
irrational suicide and
Premature death is the harm
all want to avoid: dying too
Here are the most common problems, worries,
dangers, abuses, etc.
Other mistakes, problems, & perils can be added as they are
Each problem with the right-to-die is given a careful, detailed
After each possible abuse is explained, several
safeguards are linked
that would be most useful and effective in preventing that
PATIENTS FROM GREEDY RELATIVES
PATIENTS FROM FAMILY PRESSURE TO DIE
HEALTH-CARE ADMINISTRATORS WHO MUST SAVE MONEY
VULNERABLE PATIENTS FROM DISCRIMINATION
PROTECTING PATIENTS FROM BEING PUT TO DEATH
IF WE PERMIT
HARMFUL DEATHS WILL FOLLOW: THAT SLOPE IS TOO SLIPPERY
SUICIDE IS A
SIN AND OTHER RELIGIOUS OBJECTIONS
GOD WILL DECIDE
WHEN LIFE WILL END:
WE SHOULD NOT 'PLAY GOD'
FREE-LANCE 'ANGELS OF DEATH'
GOOD DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONS:
WILL MY DOCTOR DECIDE TO KILL ME?
DOCTORS FROM MISUSING THEIR PRESCRIBING-POWER
TO CAUSE PREMATURE DEATH
TEEN-AGERS FROM KILLING THEMSELVES
created February 23,
2007; revised 7-17-2008; 8-30-2008; 11-2-2008; 12-3-2008; 1-17-2010;
2-25-2011; 12-18-2011; 2-18-2012; 3-25-2012; 9-11-2012; 3-1-2013