A Merciful End : The Euthanasia Movement in Modern America

A Merciful End : The Euthanasia Movement in Modern America

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While it may seem that debates over euthanasia began with Jack Kervorkian, the practice of mercy killing extends back to Ancient Greece and beyond. In America, the debate has raged for well over a century. Now, in A Merciful End, Ian Dowbiggin offers the first full-scale historical account of one of the most controversial reform movements in America. Drawing on unprecedented access to the archives of the Euthanasia Society of America, interviews with important figures in the movement today, and flashpoint cases such as the tragic fate of Karen Ann Quinlan, Dowbiggin tells the dramatic story of the men and women who struggled throughout the twentieth century to change the nation's attitude--and its laws--regarding mercy killing. In tracing the history of the euthanasia movement, he documents its intersection with other progressive social causes: women's suffrage, birth control, abortion rights, as well as its uneasy pre-WWII alliance with eugenics. Such links brought euthanasia activists into fierce conflict with Judeo-Christian institutions who worried that qthe right to dieq might become a qduty to die.q Indeed, Dowbiggin argues that by joining a sometimes overzealous quest to maximize human freedom with a desire to qimproveq society, the euthanasia movement has been dogged by the fear that mercy killing could be extended to persons with disabilities, handicapped newborns, unconscious geriatric patients, lifelong criminals, and even the poor. Justified or not, such fears have stalled the movement, as more and more Americans now prefer better end-of-life care than wholesale changes in euthanasia laws. For anyone trying to decide whether euthanasia offers a humane alternative to prolonged suffering or violates the qsanctity of life, q A Merciful End provides fascinating and much-needed historical context.A case in point was the groundbreaking essay, titled aquot;Euthanasia, aquot; by Samuel D. Williams, a nonphysician member of the ... Reaction to Williams included warnings that legalizing active euthanasia would lead to abuses, such as the murder ofanbsp;...

Title:A Merciful End : The Euthanasia Movement in Modern America
Author: Ian Dowbiggin Professor of History University of Prince Edward Island
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2002-10-22

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