The Legal And Ethical Issues Involving Physician Assisted Suicide

1134 WordsDec 14, 20155 Pages
As of January 2015 there are five states in the U.S. that have declared the Death with Dignity Act a constitutional right for a competent, terminally ill patient. Under what conditions is physician assisted suicide morally acceptable, is the question at hand and did these states make the right decision on such a slippery slope debate. This paper will go on to explain one side of this very touchy debate, it will also consider objections from the other side, and ultimately defend the position physician assisted suicide is wrong not only morally but also, ethically. My argument for this thesis is provided below: P1: Physician assisted suicide violates the doctor’s Hippocratic Oath. P2: It demeans the value of human life. P3: The unneeded pressure on physicians to recommend assisted suicide. P4: The many legal and ethical issues involving physician assisted suicide C: Therefore, physician assisted suicide is wrong, morally and ethically This argument is inductive, becasue the premises provide strong support for the conclusion. A strong argument shows that the conclusion is highly likely to be true given the truth of the premises. The support that I have given for the argument in the premises below examine the truth and logical explanations of the conclusion that I have stated. The first premise states that physician assisted suicide violates the doctor’s Hippocratic Oath. What is the Hippocratic Oath? What I mean by violate is that they fail to comply with a rule or
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