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of Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies Medical Ethics PHL 3670 Leies, Chapter 12 – Part I – Discussion Questions 1. List the main ethical principles discussed in the Papal Declaration on Euthanasia (1980). The declaration on euthanasia appeals to the sanctity of life. No one has the moral right to ask for a death-doing action for oneself or another. Mercy killing is a misleading term. The act involves an intentional killing of an innocent person. This is an unethical act no matter how good the intention may be to alleviate pain. The plea for death, is almost always a plea for help and love.s 2. List some of the qualities of suicide, and some of the causes and conditions associated with it Page 132 Emotionally distributed A common sense of life’s vuluelessness Great number of people who attempt suicide are crying out for help Thoughts of suicide often occur during a state of depression. State of depression thoughts and suicide often 3. List some of the reasons proposed to justify the objective act of suicide (allegedly “proportionate goods”) Page 134
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