Against the Right to Die

For some patients, a right to receive euthanasia will not enhance autonomy in the morally relevant sense. Even if these patients choose wisely whether to exercise their right to die, they will still be harmed by having been given it. Perhaps, then, physicians should have permission to administer voluntary euthanasia, but patients should not have a right to receive it.

David Velleman
Published in: Journal of Medicine and Philosophy
1992 17 (6) Pages 665-681