The Importance of Stories in the Euthanasia Debate
The risks and harms to vulnerable people outweigh any possible benefits
By Margaret Somerville
In this article Margaret Somerville describes how those opposed and in favour of legalising euthanasia or assisted suicide often use stories of ‘bad deaths’ or ‘good deaths’ to validate their arguments. A recent ‘bad euthanasia death’ story from the Netherlands further underscores the hazards of legalising assisted suicide or euthanasia.