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Matthew Shan

on 24 May 2013

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Physician-Assisted Suicide Introduction Conclusion Physician-assisted suicides
Most physicians receive a request- 57%
Legal in Oregon and Washington
Jack Kevorkian- 150 By Matthew Shan Breaking the Hippocratic Oath “Rather than characterizing this as 'killing,' we should see it as bringing the dying process to a merciful end”- Peter Rogatz Violate Oath
Patients lose trust Hippocratic oath- “I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect” Oregon aid-in-dying law, 1998
No evidence of abuse, coercion or negative impact on hospice care
Reasonable laws Helping
Suffering Patients Medicine is not always there
Protects patients
"What purpose would it serve to suffer endlessly until the body finally gives out?"- Joeseph Messerli Advancement in pain management helps control pain Should be legal
Not killing, but helping
Respect autonomy
84% agree "How a terminally ill person chooses to end his/her life should be an individual decision and not a government decision."
More supporters VS Painless Death Medications Con Pro Con Pro The Slippery Slope Con Moves on to worse Pro Pro Life Right to Die Autonomy Non- Maleficence Individuals act by themselves
Their will/desire
Doctor's should respect patient autonomy Like Hippocratic Oath
"do no harm"
Balance of good and bad Pro Choice Pro Con consent doctor do it consent patient do it no consent patient do it no consent doctor do it Con Pro
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