Death would benefit the patient that the patient

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Unformatted text preview: r or not the doctor should give a lethal injection 2. Decisions which have the effect of shortening the patient’s life 3. Death would benefit the patient, that the patient would be better off dead i. Important for distinguishing between euthanasia and cold- blooded murder for selfish reasons Some definitions are narrower in the respect in which euthanasia is carried out What is the current legal status of giving a patient a lethal injection? • Still illegal • Classified as murder • Law isn’t interested in intentions o Still remains murder o Ex: Dr. Nigel Cox and the lethal injection of potassium chloride • Even if the intentions is to relieve pain o Some people limit definitions to act, some people do not Extend definition to include...
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2014 for the course PHIL 010 taught by Professor Carse during the Fall '08 term at Georgetown.

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