Law at the End of Life: The Supreme Court and Assisted Suicide

Law at the End of Life: The Supreme Court and Assisted Suicide

By: Carl E. Schneider (editor)Hardback

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We live in a world in which courts crucially shape public policy through constitutional adjudication. This is a book written for that world. It brings together a group of distinguished scholars from many disciplines to examine the Supreme Court's recent decision that statutes prohibiting doctors from helping their patients commit suicide may be constitutional. It offers a guide to that decision and to the larger issues it raises for citizens and scholars alike. It asks everyone's first question: What does the decision mean for today and tomorrow? It asks the lawyer's question: Is the Supreme Court's reasoning clear and convincing? It asks the doctor's question: How will the decision affect the decisions physicians make with their patients? It asks the ethicist's question: Will the decision conduce to wise and just decisions at the end of life? It asks the historian's question: How are we to understand the Court's work in light of our disturbing national experience with euthanasia? Ultimately, it asks the questions citizens need to ask in our new world: Is constitutional adjudication a good way to make public policy? Are courts well equipped--with experience, with doctrine, with wisdom--to make good policy? What role should courts have in making policy in a democracy? Has the Supreme Court made good public policy? What is the right policy for law at the end of life?Carl Schneider is Professor of Law, University of Michigan Law School.

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Product Details

  • publication date: 30/09/2000
  • ISBN13: 9780472111572
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 376
  • ID: 9780472111572
  • weight: 655
  • ISBN10: 0472111574

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