The unfolding logic of euthanasia

Eureka Street has just published my latest article, this time on the euthanasia of a psychiatrically disturbed Belgian prisoner, serving a life-sentence for rape and murder. As far as controversies go, this one is brimming with ethical questions and challenges. Read a little about them here:

A Belgian court recently granted permission for a psychiatrically ill prisoner to be euthanised. Having worked in bioethics, I find it hard to avoid a morbid fascination with the gradual unfurling of euthanasia in nations where it has had a chance to become firmly established. While members of the public are usually shocked to hear of each new milestone, from an ethical perspective there are no real surprises.

http://eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=42084#.VC4aaRZhUtp