Physician Assisted Suicide and Christian Ethics Persuasive Essay by Master Researcher

Physician Assisted Suicide and Christian Ethics
A look at the ethics of physician assisted suicide from the perspective of Christianity.
# 42110 | 1,154 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on Oct 20, 2003 in Religion and Theology (Christianity) , Hot Topics (Euthanasia) , Ethics (General)

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This paper examines the role of the Church in the debate over the right of patients to physician-assisted suicide (PAS). The paper explains how the patient/doctor consent for suicide is fine, as long as this is a mutual agreement. The paper discusses how PAS provides a moral outlet that helps people that suffer terminally to end their lives righteously.

From the Paper:

"The debate on physician-assisted suicides has been raging for the past fifteen years in how to deal with the patients that cannot suffer any longer. In this manner of ethical discourse, we can see how ethics reveals a Christian strain of compassion that sets certain parameters for when to commit a suicide, and why it does not help the patient of intense suffering. By these means, the idea of sin in suicide seeks to prohibit people from committing sin by taking one's own life, but the major factors that play into this reveal a limited ideal about ethical motivation. In an article by Robeznieks, we can see how the actual suffering of the patient can be ethically drawn against the idea of sin as a Christian limitation to physician assisted suicide. A one Dr. Crumpacker in Oregon responds on the ethical need for non-Christian intervention in suicides on a practical level:
""In my practice, I found that patients ... needed to talk about what they see as important and what their lives were all about," she said. "It comes down to 'I don't have any control anymore,' or 'I can't do the things I enjoy anymore, the things that make me who I am. And if I can't do that, it's time to go.' I've heard that a lot." In these instances, Dr. Crumpacker said physician-assisted suicide can be a form of healing because it addresses the issue of patients feeling they have no other options." (Robeznieks Article)"

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