An ecological perspective is not often considered relevant to the question of assisted dying. It’s usually seen as a purely human, ethical issue concerning individual conscience and social values. Yet as death is probably the one event that still powerfully reminds us we belong to the natural world, surely ecological awareness might cast light on the issue?

Currently the debate focuses on the rights of the terminally ill to choose to end their lives, on the legal consequences for those who assist them, and on the social consequences for a society that allows it. Those in favour of assisted dying ...


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