The “Duty to Die” Advances

by The Center for Bioethics and Culture on October 19, 2011

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC

Is there such a thing as a “duty to die?” Some notable voices in bioethics say, yes. They believe that as a matter of distributive justice, when people reach a certain advanced age, severe disability, or very poor health, they owe it to society, their families—and even themselves—to allow life to (or make it) end.

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