Physician Assisted Suicide Should Be Considered More Than Others

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When we think about issues that are surrounded by a lot of debate in bioethics we think about topics such as Abortion, Stem Cell Research, Genetic Enhancement, Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide. Each of these debates comes with its own ethical issues and discussion about the permissibility or impermissibility of each topic. Every one of these topics is complex and deserves careful consideration when trying to determine what is right ethically and which principles in ethics need to be considered more than others. The topic of interest in this paper is Physician-Assisted Suicide and the principles that inform our discussion of PAS and how to make sense of the arguments surrounding PAS. Individuals who are found to be competent and…show more content…
When discussing PAS, we are not advocating that anyone who no longer wants to live should have access to the method of palliative care, instead we are saying that those wishing to request this should meet certain criteria. The states that have already legalized PAS have set guidelines on when someone can access these services, and according to Radbruch, “In contrast to the legal requirements in European countries, in Oregon, Washington, [Montana,] and Vermont, patients must have a terminal physical illness in order to qualify for PAS” (Radbruch). So these criteria require the individuals seeking PAS to have a terminal illness which excludes those who might request this based on their perceived quality of life. Physician-Assisted Suicide is a hot topic and will continue to dominate the bioethics stage for the foreseeable future. The next concept that needs to be addressed is the slippery slope argument, Beauchamp explains that in his opinion: “Judging from the past track record of our society, we should seriously take into account that the slope of the trail toward the unjustified taking of life will be so slippery and precipitous that we ought to never embark on it” (Gabriel). One premise of this argument is that if a system has no clear-cut guidelines, there is a lot of room for abuse of the system to occur. Another premise is that if we allow PAS society might start to value
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