EUTHANASIA _ WEEK 3

EUTHANASIA _ WEEK 3 - Euthanasia Argument from Patient...

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Euthanasia - Argument from Patient Well-Being 1. When patients decide to end their lives, they believe that continued life is not in their best interests. 2. The vale of patient well-being directs physicians to do what is in the patient’s best interests 3. Therefore, when a physician provides active euthanasia … Pros for a Policy If permitted, we could respect people’s right of self-determination, which we currently cannot. o Importance: Few people probably want voluntary active euthanasia, so this consequence may not affect many people It would reassure people that if they ever want euthanasia, they will be able to obtain it. o Importance: Most people in the US want VAE, so having a policy allowing it will allow a great many people to rest easy about their future. It would allow people to be released from agonizing pain and suffering, both physical and psychological, when death is not imminent o Importance: If we include both physical and psychological suffering, the
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course PHIL 140 taught by Professor ??? during the Spring '08 term at Maryland.

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EUTHANASIA _ WEEK 3 - Euthanasia Argument from Patient...

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