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Physis: Revista de Saúde Coletiva

versão On-line ISSN 1809-4481

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ALONSO, Juan Pedro. The right to a dignified death in Argentina: the judicialization of end-of-life care decisions. Physis [online]. 2016, vol.26, n.2, pp.569-589. ISSN 1809-4481.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S0103-73312016000200012.

The paper discusses, from a socio-historical perspective, the context and implications of judicialization processes regarding medical decisions making on death and dying. This paper aims to describe and analyze the judicialization of end-of-life care decisions at the end of life in Argentina, considering courts decisions produced between 1975 and 2015. The context and the main features of litigation regarding those decisions are examined, as well as the changes within the period: the cases disputed (from rejecting blood transfusions to withdrawal of life support), the arguments and languages that frame the legal cases (form conscientious objection to autonomy) and the emergence of new rights. Finally, the social consequences and the future prospects of judicialization in this field are discussed.

Palavras-chave : judicialization; medicalization; death with dignity; bioethics; Argentina.

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