The Proconcatholic View on Physician-Assisted Suicide Essay

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The Proconcatholic View on Physician-Assisted Suicide

Some have suggested that we legalize physician-assisted suicide in California. They argue that we should find death before it finds us, and that the right to die is the right-to-choose. They are supporting such an initiative because they fear that they will have to endure horrible pain and live out a life encompassed by absolute suffering. By being able to end the torment, preferably legally, perhaps they can even relieve their families of some economic pressures. By legalizing "active" Euthanasia, the inducement of gentle death solely by means without which life would continue naturally, advocators of Euthanasia hope to save terminally-ill patients from a painful death and
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Advocators of Euthanasia believe that a person should be allowed to die in a painless, peaceful, and dignified way. Yet, those against Euthanasia say that Euthanasia is not mercy killing, but actually murder. They argue that God is the ultimate physician who decides the fate of one's life, and that we, human beings, have to right to decided whether someone lives or dies. Moreover, if that right were turned over to a physician, how can we be sure that the death of a patient is so imminent? Instead, physicians could just prolong life by the principle of double effect; for example, by increasing dosages of Morphine to relieve pain, while also possible increasing the chance of death. Ultimately, those against Euthanasia fear that legalizing Euthanasia will cause a slippery slope for legal murder. If we allow doctors to kill patients, what will happen next? Where do we draw the line? The Catholic Church supports those who are against Euthanasia. The Church believes that giving a patient medication that will have the double effect of relieving pain and possibly speeding up death is morally acceptable, since the ultimate motive is not death, but rather, alleviating pain. However, if one were to attend to a patient and increased the dosage of medication with the purpose of ending the patient's life, then the Catholic Church would consider such an act as murder. The belief is that everything happens for a

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