"Unplugged: Reclaiming Our Right to Die in America" Book Review

"Unplugged: Reclaiming Our Right to Die in America"
A book review of "Unplugged: Reclaiming Our Right to Die in America" by William H. Colby.
# 119351 | 1,712 words | 0 sources | 2010 | US
Published on Apr 21, 2010 in Law (Historic Trials) , Hot Topics (Euthanasia)

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The writer of this paper looks at William H. Colby's treatment of the Terri Schiavo, Nancy Cruzan and Karen Ann Quinlan cases in "Unplugged: Reclaiming Our Right to Die in America". The writer considers the outcome of these right to die cases and discusses the balance between equality, utility and autonomy. The writer believes that since every human has an inherent right to live in the world, the negative effect of legalizing physician-assisted suicide outweighs the positive effect. The writer holds that it is our generation's duty to care about humans' liberties and rights.

From the Paper:

"Covering the first three chapters, Colby exhaustively described the lengthy Terri Schiavo case, in which a young woman (Terri)'s husband and parents disagreed and battled over whether she was willing to live in a persistent vegetative state and whether the feeding tube should be removed. Michael, Terri's husband thought the life support system needed to be removed, while Terri's parents insisted on inserting the feeding tube, arguing their daughter was still conscious. In 2004, this case aroused great media attention and politicians' involvement. The Governer of Florida, U.S. Congress and the President of the United States all made efforts to prevent Terri's death. In March 2005, President Bush signed a legislation designed to keep Terri alive. Surprisingly, despite these efforts, the U.S. Supreme Court finally ruled that long-term suffering and little chance of revival determined that Terri's caregivers owned the right to remove her feeding tube."

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