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Forced Exit: Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide and the New Duty of Die [Paperback]

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Pages   308
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 25, 2006
Publisher   Encounter Books
ISBN  1594031193  
EAN  9781594031199  

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The drama over whether or not to starve Terri Schiavo to death by removing her feeding tube transfixed America and rekindled the debate over the "right to die." One of its most eloquent participants in this debate was bioethicist Wesley J. Smith. In Forced Exit, Smith contests the claim of euthanasia advocates that assisted suicide would be restricted to a "last resort" for people already on the verge of death and in unbelievable agony. Providing evidence that many people whose deaths have been hastened by euthanasia were not, in fact, terminally ill, he argues that the movement to legalize assisted suicide would be a disaster for the most powerless; the disabled, the critically ill, the indigent. Forced Exit documents the terrible abuses already occurring in this country as the "death culture" begins to take hold-for example, the intentional starving, sometimes against their stated wishes, of patients whose lives are deemed by others not worth living. Filled with new reporting and research, this expanded edition of a classic book makes a compelling case against legalized euthanasia and takes a closer look at the truly humane and compassionate alternatives-hospice care for the dying, more effective pain control, independent living for the disabled-that can transform a death wish into a desire to live.

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Filled with new reporting and research, this expanded edition of a classic book makes a compelling case against legalized euthanasia and takes a closer look at the truly humane and compassionate alternatives.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lawyer and award-winning author, Wesley J. Smith, is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute s Center on Human Exceptionalism. He is also a consultant to the Patients Rights Council.
In May 2004, because of his work in bioethics, Smith was named one of the nation s premier expert thinkers in bioengineering by the National Journal. In 2008, the Human Life Foundation named him a Great Defender of Life for his work against assisted suicide and euthanasia, work for which he also received the Legatus Cardinal John J. O'Connor Award for 2014.
Smith left the full time practice of law in 1985 to pursue a career in writing and public advocacy. He is the author or coauthor of thirteen books. His Human Exceptionalism blog, hosted by "National Review Online," is one of the premier blogs dealing with human life and dignity.
Smith s book "Forced Exit: Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide and the New Duty to Die," a broad-based criticism of the assisted suicide/euthanasia movement has become a classic in anti-euthanasia advocacy and is now in its third edition, published by Encounter Books in 2006. Smith s "Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America," a warning about the dangers of the modern bioethics movement, was named one of the Ten Outstanding Books of the Year and Best Health Book of the Year for 2001 (Independent Publisher Book Awards).

Wesley J. Smith currently resides in Oakland, in the state of California.

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A Must-Read on the Dangers of Death Fundamentalism  Oct 7, 2006
This newly revised and updated edition of Forced Exit provides a gripping overview and analysis of the assisted suicide and euthanasia movement and the threat it poses to human dignity and human equality. Author Wesley J. Smith lays out the chilling intellectual underpinnings of a movement that asserts there is such a thing as human life unworthy of life--and that other humans or "experts" should be called upon to determine whose life satisfies the criteria for continued existence. Smith gives readers clear and straightforward analysis of the important issues at stake and the implications for the most vulnerable among us.

Smith persuasively shows that he basic ideals that the assisted suicide/euthanasia movement hope to carve into federal and state laws through litigation and legislation are detrimental to the equality-of-life ethic that has long been recognized in this nation. In Forced Exit, Smith gives readers a strong defense of that important ethic. That ethic makes clear that the elderly, the sick and the disabled have as much importance, dignity, and worth than the young and the healthy.

Importantly, Smith provides solutions to the dilemmas faced by patients at life's so-called margins. Steps must be taken to educate doctors about how to recognize depression in patients and that depression must be treated. Current medical practice must place greater emphasis upon pain control, since palliative measures can significantly reduce--if not eliminate--the physical pain felt by many patients who have serious injuries or illness.

The false notion that assisted suicide somehow furthers patient autonomy is exploded by Smith. Through principled analysis and through countless concrete case studies, he demonstrates that the wishes of the sick, elderly, and disabled are all too often given short or ignored when it comes to important medical decisions. Smith describes the crucial distinction between the right to refuse unwanted life-saving medical procedures and the so-called "right to die"--proactive measures specifically intended to end life. Also, Smith deftly explains how administering food and water to patients is separate and distinct from medical measures.

Forced Exit receives my strongest recommendation.

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