A1 Journal article – refereed

On the Moral Acceptability of Physician-Assisted Dying for Non-Autonomous Psychiatric Patients

List of Authors: Varelius Jukka

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Publication year: 2016

Journal: Bioethics

Volume number: 30

Issue number: 4

Number of pages: 7

ISSN: 0269-9702

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bioe.12182


Several authors have recently suggested that the suffering caused by
mental illness could provide moral grounds for physician‐assisted dying.
Yet they typically require that psychiatric‐assisted dying could come
to question in the cases of autonomous, or rational, psychiatric
patients only. Given that also non‐autonomous psychiatric patients can
sometimes suffer unbearably, this limitation appears questionable. In
this article, I maintain that restricting psychiatric‐assisted dying to
autonomous, or rational, psychiatric patients would not be compatible
with endorsing certain end‐of‐life practices commonly accepted in
current medical ethics and law, practices often referred to as ‘passive

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