Counter-Arguments Against Physician Assistance In Dying

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The issue of physician assistance in dying is one that is both morally and legally charged. There are five major stakeholders in this issue: the patient and the physician being the most obvious, the medical and legal professions, and society in general. Some would argue that the patient ought to be foremost in our reasoning; after all, it is the life, suffering, and death of the patient that are at stake. Others would argue that the issue ends for the patient at the point of death—however that is reached—but that the consequences and ramifications for the other stakeholders continue, perhaps most especially the legal ones. This view would include the physician, of course, but there may be a greater preponderance of consequence for the professions…show more content…
curative treatments o Lowered cognitive skills in terminally ill patients reduces capability to choose Additional Source Materials: Inadequacy of some terminally ill patients' cognitive skills, requiring re-consideration of ability to consider and request assisted suicide: From a study on the cognative thinking abilities of terminally ill but otherwise mentally competent adults, linking serious illness to mental abilities more similar to those of young children: "Objective: To describe changes in judgment associated with serious illness in otherwise competent

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