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Unformatted text preview: 4-12-11Argument from LibertyPeople should be free to make deeply personal choices for themselvesDeeply personal matters: momentous in impact on our life; pose controversial questions about the value and meaning of lifeReligious faith, political and moral values, marriage, procreation, direction of childrens education, deathHow and when to die is a deeply personal choiceSo, people should be free to decide how and when to dieSo, people should have the option of euthanasia or physician-assisted suicideDangersAn agent exercises freedom only if he/she is free (uncoerced), competent, and informedWe 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 risksEven if these protections are imperfect so that, sometimes, a patient who is...
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- Spring '12