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Hofstra Law Review

Authors

Erik Kapner

Abstract

In recent years medical science has improved its ability to prolong life through sophisticated life support systems while as yet it has been unable to reverse the progress of fatal disease or the ravages of total physical injury. We have seen an increasing number of patients incurably ill, yet not allowed to die. This has resulted in a renewed interest in euthanasia as a remedy. This comment will examine the philosophical and legal underpinnings of euthanasia legislation; and further, it will analyze three specific pieces of legislation to determine how they deal with the major concerns of both the opponents and the supporters of euthanasia.

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