Utilitarian Approach To Physician Assisted Suicide

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Utilitarian approach would argue that euthanasia is morally acceptable because it decreases the misery of everyone involved such as the patient, the physicians, and the family and friends of the patient. However, most people would agree that other values of individual rights,such as justice, and freedom are equally important (Kerridge 1). The laws of states that legalized physician-assisted suicide protect patients’ rights and maintain justice. Not allowing a patient todecide when his life should end is in fact denying them freedom. In the case of physician-assisted suicide, the utilitarian approach would state that when a terminally ill patient is kept alive only to die slowly and painfully, suffering is greatly increased for everyone involved.

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