Ending life with grace and agreement

Attaran, Amir; Hébert, Paul C.; Stanbrook, Matthew B.
April 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;4/22/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 9, p1115
Academic Journal
The authors reflect on withholding or withdrawal of life sustaining care. They cited the cases of Percy Glolubchuk in Canada and Tony Bland in England. They argue that withholding or withdrawal of life sustaining care is not a murder, however, lawyers may make it seem so by exploiting the dubious distinction between acts and omissions. They added that some families will overreach their demands to preserve life because of fundamentalist religious beliefs or cultural norms.


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