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Physician Assisted Suicide
Transcript of Physician Assisted Suicide
"physician facilitates a patient's death by providing the necessary means and/or information to enable the patient to perform the life-ending act"
(cc) image by anemoneprojectors on Flickr
United States & PAS
New Mexico (2014)*
Who decides when an individual can end his/her life
What do you think?
-government, society, the collective group
-i.e., cultural relativism or utilitarianism
-the autonomous individual
-i.e., subjectivism or ethical egoism
-i.e., divine command
Who is most qualified to make this decision?
-i.e., Evolutionary ethics - leads to emotivism
-Why wouldn't it be God?
"I am for absolute autonomy."
- Jack Kevorkian
Introduction to the Issue: Relevance in Culture
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 ESV
"Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body."
My Foundational Ethical System: Divine Command
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 ESV
Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.
Genesis 2:7 ESV
Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.
Defining the Terms
(in other words, what PAS is and what it isn't)
An Opposing View:
Only the creator (and those he authorizes) has autonomy over his creation.
Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh
Ethical System Critique: Who decides the fate of the creation?
i.e., Subjectivism or Ethical Egoism
Our lives are not our own, so we do not have the right to take our own lives.
Opposing Ethical System Critique
(i.e., adopting my opponent's view and critiquing it)
Can children choose for themselves?
Should children have autonomy?
If the autonomy of children is accepted,
what about the elderly?
Doesn't PAS pose a threat one's autonomy?
We can keep patients comfortable and ease their pain, but let's not cross the line and begin killing our patients when we don't have the authority to do so.