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Unformatted text preview: 4-5-11 Euthanasia and Physician-assisted suicide • Euthanasia as an individual action vs. public policy • Active vs. passive euthanasia (Legal in every state) Which patients are candidates? • Is the patient conscious? • Is the patient suffering? • Is the patient terminal? • Who should make decisions on patient’s behalf? Life vs. Death – Do we have a right to die? • General right (others may not interfere) • Positive right (others must help) Do we own out bodies and our lives? If we do own our bodies, does that give us the right to do whatever we want with them? Isn’t it crucial to let people suffer pointlessly? Euthanasia vs. PAS • Greek word meaning “good death” • Deliberate, intentional taking of a life by a doctor of presumably hopeless person (injured or ill, without prospects of recovery) - PAS -> doctor provides patient with means to end their life Dr. Kevorkian’s Crusade - Assisted in over 100 suicides - Tried and acquitted numerous time for PAS - Performed active euthanasia for Thomas Yoirk in 1998 – tried for murder and convicted The Matter of Quinian - What was Quinian’s condition? o Chronisc persistent vegetative state o Evidence of severe brain damage Joseph Quanian petitioned the court for the right to remove his daughter from life support - The doctors said removing her from the respirator conflicted with their professional judgment The Role of the Proxy - Someone who makes decisions if I am unable to make them Proxy: has to make decision for me as if they are me - Cannot be based on their own desires - Court decided in favor of Joseph Quinian - Right to privacy: patients have the right to refuse medical treatment under certain circumstances The medical factors – it is consistent if the doctors role to refuse to “inflict an undesired prolongation of the process of dying” ...
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2012 for the course PHI 2100 taught by Professor Mikepatterson during the Spring '12 term at FSU.

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4-5-11 - 4-5-11 Euthanasia and Physician-assisted suicide...

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