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RESEARCH LITERATURE: DEATH & DYING - EUTHANASIA

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The arguments put forth by proponents of euthanasia are lessnumerous than those of their opponents and are generally basedon rights premises. As advocates for policy change away from thestatus quo, proponents spend a great deal more time in a defensiveposture, responding to the arguments of opponents and defendingtheir own from attack.

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Yet the conditions of modern death and recent developments in medicine are also increasing advocacy and desire for euthanasia. Life-saving and life-supporting technologies now make it possible to interrupt and extend the natural dying process.
In 2002, the International Task Force report, “Assisted Suicide: Not for Adults Only?” (1) discussed euthanasia and assisted suicide for children and teens. At that time, such concerns were largely considered outside the realm of possibility.

 

The Ethics of Euthanasia - Quantonics

Dying as the Last Great Act of Living MARGARET SOMERVILLE I have researched and written on euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide for over thirty years. Im going to assume that you have probably heard all the usual arguments for and against euthanasia, many of which are very important and prominent in this debate. But I …
There has been increased reporting by media lately on the subject matter of Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide – due in part to Francine Lalonde’s Private member’s Bill, C-407, and in part to some cases before the courts.

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(Calgary Herald — February 15, 2013)
The case of Ruth Goodman is a perfect example of how confused, illogical uniformed and sometimes untruthful many proponents of euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide are. Goodman killed herself on Feb. 2 with no assistance, at the age of 91 in her Vancouver home, in a bid to change physician assisted suicide laws….[E]veryone already can make “this choice.” It’s not illegal to kill yourself.


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"A second class of actions can be designated "doubleeffect euthanasia." Theologically and morally it is acceptablefor a patient to choose palliative treatments that may resultin death and for a physician to administer potentially lethalanalgesia in the relief of pain. And many ethicists argue thatthe administrator of a lethal dosage is not culpable if his primaryintent is to relieve suffering, though the ensuing death may beforeseeable, so long as the patient and family consent. We mightunderstand Debbie's case bestfrom this perspective."

Clearly, in a case like this it is difficult to seewhether the act should be considered active or passive.

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"Opponents of physician assisted suicide argue that itis fundamentally different from the refusal of treatment. Theirarguments rely on the existence of alleged bright line distinctionsbetween suicide and natural death, killing and letting die, oractive and passive euthanasia. These distinctions rest, in part,on supposed differences between acts and omissions. However, theattempt to draw such bright line distinctions between acts andomissions fails in practice and in theory. It is often difficult,in the hospital or the courtroom, to state decisively whethersomething is an act or an omission. Is a physician who turns offa functioning respirator "actively" turning off a machineor "omitting "to provide air? Is a patient who refusesfood and water "actively" starving or "omitting"to eat?" (p. 2028)

A third argument examines a specific death situationthat has blurred the active/passive line to the point where itno longer exists. When people are in a great deal of pain, theamount of medication required to provide relief from the paincan be so great as to cause death. When a physician administerspain medication in a significant dose, is this active or passive?Vaux (1989, p. 20) states that

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(Mercatornet — October 28, 2013)
When it comes to euthanasia, the slippery slope aspect of it keeps being swept under the carpet. For me, it is the single most compelling reason not to go forward and here’s why: I have seen the slippery slope played out in the care my mother receives at her nursing home.