Lecture 6 - Pro Euthanasia

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Pro-Euthanasia 1 Pro-Euthanasia Dan Brock: Voluntary Active Euthanasia I. The Prelims A. In Voluntary Active Euthanasia, the doctor injects the consenting and competent patient with a lethal dose of medication/drug in order to quickly put the patient to death. B. In PAS, the doctor gives the consenting and competent patient the means to quickly bring about her death (the patient ‘acts last’ vs. the doctor ‘acting last’) C. In Passive Euthanasia, upon the request of the patient (or surrogate), life sustaining treatment is withheld or withdrawn II. Brock’s Primary Case for Voluntary Active Euthanasia A. The argument from self-determination: 1. Our right to self-determination (autonomy) extends to the manner and time of our death B. An objection to the argument from self-determination 1. But Voluntary Active Euthanasia is still an instance of intentionally killing an innocent human being. Doctor’s especially are not permitted to kill their patients. C. Brock’s Response 1. It’s false to claim that doctor’s are never permitted to intentionally kill their patients. a) IE: Passive Euthanasia (PE) 2. Performing Passive Euthanasia (IE: removing life support) is intentionally killing the patient; and Passive Euthanasia is widely seen as permissible. So it’s not the case that physicians are never permitted to kill their patients. D. Question for Brock 1. But why think that removing life support is an instance of killing the patient vs. letting the patient die
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