Assisted Suicide: Theory and Practice in Elective Death
C. G. Prado, S. J. Taylor
In Assisted Suicide C. G. Prado and S. J. Taylor provide a comprehensive discussion
of relevant moral and ethical concerns. As Prado and Taylor point out, legalization is not
the central issue, since doctor-assisted suicide is already taking place regardless of its
illegality. Instead, the debate concerns acknowledging and sanctioning a current (albeit limited)
practice, removing the criminal penalties, and framing the discussion in terms of the truly
important questions: When does assisted suicide make good sense? When should it be permitted?
What is the nature of patient consent? And what professional ethics should govern its provision?