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Unformatted text preview: 4-12-11Argument from Liberty•People should be free to make “deeply personal” choices for themselves•Deeply personal matters: momentous in impact on our life; pose controversial questions about the value and meaning of life•Religious faith, political and moral values, marriage, procreation, direction of children’s education, death•How and when to die is a deeply personal choice•So, people should be free to decide how and when to die•So, people should have the option of euthanasia or physician-assisted suicideDangers•An agent exercises freedom only if he/she is free (uncoerced), competent, and informed•We can regulate to require that these conditions be met, having more than one physician verify thatoPatient is free of pressure or coercionoPatient is mentally competentoPatient understands prognosis and treatment optionsoIf desired, also that the patient is rational, and that his/her choice is stableBalancing risks•Even if these protections are imperfect – so that, sometimes, a patient who is...
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- Spring '12
- Meaning of life, Philosophy of life