Aiding suicide: a modern moral dilemma

David Field, Bond University

Document Type Journal Article

Field, David (2003), Aiding suicide: a modern moral dilemma. The National Legal Eagle, April 2003, pp. 6-8.

Copyright ©The Law Society of New South Wales , 2003.

Reproduced with permission.



Among the many current moral and legal dilemmas facing individuals in society is that of being called upon to assist a terminally-ill loved one end his or her own life. On the one hand is the emotional agony of watching suffering which can have only one outcome. On the other is the stern moral taboo buried deep inside each of us that suicide is a "sin", reinforced by laws which also make it a serious criminal offence to assist in an act of suicide by another.