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Everyone Should Have the Right to Assisted Suicide–Or No One Should

November 22, 2016

(Vox) – So far, the debate in America has been mainly between positions 1 and 2. Either physician-assisted suicide should be universally forbidden, or it ought to be made available only to the terminally ill. In contrast, I think the debate should be between positions 1 and 3: Physician-assisted suicide ought to be universally forbidden, or universally permitted for competent adults. Both those positions, I contend, embody reasonable — although opposing — viewpoints, and I will not try to decide between them here. But I will argue that position 2, the one adopted by several states, is morally untenable.

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