The Right to Die: The Law of End-of-life Decision Making

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Aspen Publishers Online, 2004 - Law - 1374 pages
The Right to Die, Third Edition analyzes the statutory and case law surrounding the profound issues of end-of-life decisionmaking. Whether the situation calls for long-term planning or quick, unexpected decisionmaking, this cogent, one source treatise guides you through all the available channels for helping your clients reach the ultimate resolution.

This comprehensive edition guides general practitioners, elder law, health law, and health care professionals through complex issues pertaining to passive and active hastening of death and such subsequent statutes as The Oregon Death with Dignity Act. Also covered in the Third Edition are such issues as:

  • Civil and Criminal liability for such efforts
  • Do-not-resuscitate orders
  • Advance directives
  • Health care powers of attorney
  • Palliative medical care
  • Decisionmaking for children and newborns
  • Surrogate decisionmaking statutes
  • Resolution in a clinical versus a court setting
  • And much more

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I thoutoughly disagree with the way Right to Die is written in that it pertains only to those people who have terminal illnesses and does not take into account those who are just plain tired of living and wish to have a way to choose the time and manner by which we depart this life. I judt do not believe we have to wait until the time comes when pain and illness have reduced us to our useless selves and that we have to right of our convictions to proceed without all of the medical tests being placed in the way. At a given point in time life may no longer be worth living anymore and I believe that I - and I alone have the right to that decision. The world is willing to spend billions on ways to extend life but not on making that extension a living experience. I do hope to have on hand what is needed when the time comes that I make the decision for ME!  

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