Euthanasia research-immorality of assisted suicide

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The Immorality of Assisted Suicide Daniel Callahan adopts what he characterizes as an ecological approach to the moral questions. Believes that PAS is “noxious”-physically and morally harmful. Believes it is wrong because of the excessive power that it puts in physicians hands. Argues that there is no essential moral difference between the direct killing of a patient, euthanasia , and directly assisting a patient to kill himself. Suicide-act of moral desperation, it ought not to be encourages, comes from some treatable depression. Contends that it is wrong to give one person an absolute power over the life of another, whether the power is taken by force or by voluntary means. Believes that at each of the three turning points in western thought, proponents of pas push us in the wrong direction. Exception to giving people legal power to kill each other: when it is the only way of saving or protecting the lives of others. Physician is as responsible for patient’s death in either case.
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This note was uploaded on 09/27/2011 for the course ETHICS 101 taught by Professor Prof.sosa during the Spring '11 term at Manhattan College.

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