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Assume that a patient is terminally ill, and has given consent for the physician to use one of three

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Dovid Thomas 5/8/2007 Topic #2 1:00 Assume that a patient is terminally ill, and has given consent for the physician to use one of three physician assisted suicide methods: that a physician may inject him with a death-hastening dosage of morphine, that a physician may unplug him from a life-sustaining respirator, or a physician gives him a prescription for a drug that he (the patient) plans to use to commit suicide. In no way is it conceivable to hold two of these methods morally permissible, while holding the third morally impermissible. The only thing that one could say to make the three of these methods differ is that in the third, the doctor has only prescribed the medicine. There is still the chance that the patient will decide not to take the medicine, or in the middle of the dosage quit, and still be able to be helped. ...read more.


It would therefore make sense for the patient to decide that he would rather be unplugged from a respirator, for example. This is because the respirator is a life extension, not a life saver, and it does not cure the patient. Therefore, the patient has a right to say that they would rather allow nature to take its course and take themselves off of the respirator, almost assuring them of their death. But this question is an unfair one, at some point or another, a person is most likely unable to tell how long they have been on the respirator, and when people are sick, they always make sure to enjoy the best they can what they believe are their last months. So if a person is sane, why would they want to take themselves off of the respirator when they could have more time? ...read more.


This inadvertently goes against any of the three methods of death that were announced earlier. In the end I do not believe that any of these three methods are fair ways for someone to die. A person is given the blessing to live, and to have to make the choice of whether they would like to continue living or not while they are terminally ill is unfair. If they did not want to live they would have done something about it before they got sick, therefore, it is also unfair to put it in the hands of a doctor to decide whether or not the person will live. A person should also use what they have in life to the fullest, and there is no reason why the mere prediction of a doctor should tell a sick patients future. ...read more.

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