Who was affected by Physician Assisted suicide historically?
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- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Physician Assisted Suicide. What you mean "historically"
Life is a precious gift that is to be received from the Creator with gratitude. It should be cherished, preserved, and enhanced in every way possible. But when the potential for meaningful, joyful, desirable life has been thoroughly exhausted and every effort made to prevent the inevitable, we should make it legally possible for the merciful to show mercy to the dying who request intervention to end their suffering.
Physician Assisted Suicide.
Another claim along this line is that it is permissible to give massive doses of medicine to dying patients if the intent is to relieve suffering even though the unavoidable consequence is to quicken death. But it is wrong to do exactly the same thing if the intent is to cause death more quickly in order to relieve unnecessary, pointless suffering. It all depends on the motive, according to the theory of the "double effect."
The first rejoinder is that motive alone is not the sole determinant of morality. The nature of the act and the consequences count too. Imagine someone who burns down the barn to kill the rats who were rapidly eating up all the corn. We would not be impressed with the claim that this act was justified because the sole aim was to kill the rats and not to destroy the barn and the corn. The point of this absurd example is that both effects matter and must be evaluated, not only the intended one. In cases in which death is going to occur soon no matter what we do, hastening death by administering pain medicine may be warranted by the relief of suffering that results. Why not admit that the medicine is given to accomplish both effects, if that is the patient's choice? Only a very fine line separates that from deliberately administering a drug that causes death quickly in order to relieve pointless, excruciating suffering. The line gets even finer when the only way to relieve suffering is to administer anesthetic levels of medication that keep the patient in a deep sleep-like state until death comes.