EOL 11-3 - Fact: African-Americans are 3 times as likely to...

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Fact: African-Americans are 3 times as likely to oppose VAE than are White Americans.
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Study conducted from 1932 to 1972 in Tuskegee, Alabama by the U.S. Public Health Service, investigating the progression of untreated syphilis. All 399 men who participated in the study were African-American. The participants were not told they had syphilis; many died, and the disease was passed on to their wives and children. A cure for syphilis was discovered in 1947, but this treatment was not offered to participants in the study.
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In a study of physician-patient communication, it was found that physicians talked 43% more than African-American patients, and only 24% more than White patients. African-American patients have lower access to diagnostic procedures and therapeutic interventions than White patients do (even after controlling for socioeconomic status).
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P1. A choice to end one’s life can only be fully autonomous when one is aware of all one’s options, and when one’s evaluation of those options has not been subtly influenced by one’s physician. P2. Physicians will be more likely to subtly influence populations they don’t value as highly as others (racial minorities? the elderly? the disabled? people with AIDS?). C1. Some populations will be more likely to make UNautonomous choices to end their lives. P3. VAE is only permissible if the patient makes a fully autonomous choice to end her/his life.
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Vulnerable populations Age? In Oregon, persons aged 18–64 years are over three times more likely than those over age 85 years to receive assisted dying. In the Netherlands, o.8% of people over 80 die from VAE/PAS, compared with 3.5% of people under 65. 1/3 of the people whose requests for VAE/PAS were refused were over 80. Insurance?
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