Physician Assisted Suicide Creates Perpetuates the Slippery Slope Argument Essay

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Core Assessment Paper Physician Assisted Suicide Creates Perpetuates the Slippery Slope Argument Abstract Human illness, suffering and death, unfortunately, are part of the human condition, and dealing with chronic illness and death is part of the human experience. With a topic as far reaching as Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS), and, of course the root topic, death, it is understandable that much controversy exist between propends of suicide as a method to ease suffering and their opposition. This paper will address the controversy by presenting a balanced assessment of each argument. The research and findings will show trend predictions in the Slippery Slope argument have been proven factual. Keywords: Physician Assisted Suicide, Medical Ethics, Goals of Medicine, Slippery Slope, Sweden . Terminal and chronic conditions have a huge impact on society. Although chronic and terminal illness is not a preferred state of being, it is a part of the human experience. As humans, we must deal with it. Community physicians have been around almost as long in some capacity, dealing with these sufferings with the technology available. Helping people deal with their suffering is a high calling, and how far this calling is taken is the topic of this work. How far should a physician go to ease suffering? Physician assisted suicide is a method for doctors to manage a voluntary patient death without administering the lethal medication. Doctors prescribe the medication and the patient administers their own death. Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide are topical arguments based in morality. Within a medical community, arguments based on morality are extremely important as they define the ethics doctors are bound to professionally. Morality is foundational in medical sciences, as it should be when treating humans, who in turn, are guided by these morals. Physician

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