Washington Post: The Dangerously Contagious Effect of Assisted Suicide Laws

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Washington Post: The Dangerously Contagious Effect of Assisted Suicide Laws

By Aaron Kheriaty November 20, 2015

Aaron Kheriaty is an associate professor of psychiatry and director of the medical ethics program at the University of California at Irvine School of Medicine. This piece is adapted from a longer commentary that appeared in the Southern Medical Journal in October.

The debate over doctor-assisted suicide is often framed as an issue of personal autonomy and privacy. Proponents argue that assisted suicide should be legalized because it affects only those individuals who — assuming they are of sound mind — are making a rational and deliberate choice to end their lives. But presenting the issue in this way ignores the wider social consequences. Read more.