Problems with claims that sanctity leads to 'pro-life' law, and reasons for doubting it to be a convincing 'middle way'

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Abstract

This paper focuses on the idea of pro-life arguments and the sanctity of life doctrine in the context of debates on end-of-life law. Advocates of the sanctity doctrine are often thought of as being pro-life, which has potentially troublesome implications in policy debate. I explore what it means to be pro-life, and consider sanctity's relation to this. I question the coherence and appeal of truly pro-life law, and law that is premised on the sanctity doctrine. The analysis allows me to examine and reject the idea that the sanctity doctrine is reasonably described as a 'middle way' that we should enshrine in policy and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-13
Number of pages11
JournalMedicine and Law
Volume27
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

Keywords

  • Euthanasia
  • Great Britain
  • Humans
  • Philosophy, Medical
  • Value of Life

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