Death, Legal and Illegal
Atlantic Monthly Group
The Atlantic Monthly
Four ways of ending life remain or have become legal in the eyes of at least some of the United States, notes the author: abortion, capital punishment, war, and suicide; "mercy killing" remains illegal. But shifts are occurring, writes Catholic theologian Maguire, that "reflect a recognition that we have overestimated our right to kill in a military setting, and underestimated it in some medical and private settings."
Maguire, Daniel C., "Death, Legal and Illegal" (1974). Theology Faculty Research and Publications. 586.