Ethics Of Physician Assisted Suicide

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Ethics of Physician Assisted Suicide Physician - Assisted suicide is defined as, “suicide by a patient facilitated by means (as a drug prescription) or by information (as an indication of a lethal dosage) provided by a physician aware of the patient 's intent.” ("Physician-Assisted Suicide "). As a Christian, my world view belief is that physician assistant suicide (PAS) is wrong and goes against God’s plan. The Christian world view is not shared by everyone. For example, some countries such as Switzerland and states such as Oregon, Montana, Washington and Vermont have implemented physical assisted suicides (PAS) laws. With other states contemplating this highly controversial subject. Oregon was the first state to implement PAS under the Death…show more content…
According to Robert C. Roberts he states that “the idea of self as something to which its history is merely accidental does not do justice to the concept of a self with which we do daily business.” (Wilkens). We use stories as a part of everyday life to get people to believe our view on a situation. Many people tell stories that get pass down from generation to generation, shaping an individual’s point of view. Depending on what they have heard all their lives; it does not deter them from their initial point of view. Christina’s view was shaped by her father’s…show more content…
One reason is the staggering cost of medical care. Diseases such as cancer can cost insurance companies a significant amount of money. Voluntary euthanasia would alleviate this burden on the insurance system and create a cost savings, as reported in an article on CBS News. “The researchers estimated that by opting for suicide, these people would forgo an average of four weeks of life. Since the medical bills for the last month of life for those who die naturally is $10,118, this would add up to $627 million annually.” (Haney, "Economics of Assisted Suicide"). In chapter six of Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics the chapter is called Utilitarianism which talks about the greatest good for the greatest number. If the price of physician assisted suicide is cheaper than having someone go through chemotherapy. From a Utilitarian stand point, a person in this situation can do a greater justice for the society by saving money and time, and should proceed with assisted
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