Is euthanasia compassionate in some cases?
Humans do not live in isolation. The more our culture sends messages that some lives are less valuable than others, the more some people will internalize messages to end their lives. A psychological contagion of suicide is unleashed by euthanasia and assisted suicide laws. Condoning suicide in one circumstance implicitly condones it across the board. The wrong of suicide is no longer absolute: death is made a reasonable—even the expected—response to pain, misfortune, and sadness.
Arthur Goldberg & ShimonCowen — Public Discourse
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Really well done! I enjoy reading over people’s opinions on these conflicting matters and I loved seeing your thoughts
Your article is very well written. So called safeguards and guidelines are bound to fail. Government safeguards will not stop people suffering from depression from seeking PAS. Doctors will be placed in the terrible position of making judgement calls. How close should a terminal cancer patient be to death before the lethal dose is administered? If all depends on autonomy – to decide for one’s self the time to die, what is the point of safeguards? People will find a way around them.
People may ask for PAS out of a sense of duty, because they feel they are a burden. What if they are being pressured into the decision? What if they are demented or unconscious or mentally handicapped? Safeguards and guidelines will not protect people such as these.
We ought to err on the side of caution. Let’s concentrate on eliminating the suffering, not eliminating the sufferer. This is true compassion.