Sunday, December 27, 2009

NY Times runs comprehensive series on end of life


The New York Times is running a series called “Months to Live,” anchored on the front page. The newspaper for Sunday, December 27, 2009 has a very long and detailed article on terminal sedation and palliative sedation, as sometimes carried out in hospices, which according to the article based on practice in New York State, may be based in hospitals. The article gives detailed cases and goes into the ethical and legal issues, which appear not to be completely settled. The link for the story is here.

The article makes reference to a 1997 case before the Supreme Court, Washington v. Glucksberg, Sandra Day O’Connor’s concurring opinion, as well as the majority holding of the court. The link is here.

All of this makes for careful reading.

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