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Why Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide are Morally Permissible

Title: Why Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide are Morally Permissible.
Name(s): Crocker, Kelly, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2013
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Although there has been much debate about the immorality or moral permissibility of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia separately, there is little discussion encompassing both debates together. I argue in favor of the moral permissibility of these two topics. The major arguments addressed include some that are frequently addressed such as models of correct use of physician-assisted suicide, quality of life, and individual rights, as well as a few that arguments that have gotten little to no attention such as the utilitarian argument of less suffering and a thought experiment comparing the common euthanization of animals to the controversial euthanization of humans. I next address the major objections that opponents of physician- assisted suicide and euthanasia claim, these include: corruption of the doctor's role as a healer, slippery slope and fear of abuse, and that there are alternatives to euthanasia. Lastly, I respond to these objections with further evidence to support my claim that these acts are morally permissible. The aim of this paper is to make a comprehensive argument in favor of physician- assisted suicide and euthanasia, which are frequently addressed in separate debates.
Identifier: FSU_migr_phi2630-0010 (IID)
Keywords: euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, moral, ethic, bioethics
Note: © 2013, Kelly Crocker
Subject(s): Political ethics
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Ethical Issues and Life Choices (PHI2630).

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Crocker, K. (2013). Why Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide are Morally Permissible. Retrieved from