EXPLAIN THE LAWS CONCERNING ASSISTED SUICIDE AND EXPLAIN THE BIBLICAL VIEWPOINT ON ASSISTED SUICIDE.
USE AT LEAST 10 OF THE CITED REFERENCES BELOW;
The debate over whether physician-assisted suicide is ethical and should be legal has persisted for many years. Although many people feel the taking of a life is morally and biblically wrong, legalizing physician-assisted suicide can be a compassionate way to end suffering and pain due to terminal illness and provide a level of control for the patient over his or her own death.
- Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS)
- Definition and History
- Dr. Jack Kevorkian
- Passive Euthanasia
- Active Euthanasia
III. Patient Self-Determination Act
- Constitutional Rights
- Equal protection clause – 14th Amendment to the Constitution
- Basic component of human freedom
- Right to decide one’s own destiny (autonomy)
- 9th Amendment to the Constitution
- Social Policy
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- Death with Dignity Act – Measure 16 (Oregon)
- Doctors’ participation in PAS
- Legal Precedents
- In re Quinlan, 70 NJ. 10, 355 A.2d 647, 664 (1976)
- Vacco v. Quill, 521 U.S. 793 (1997)
- Gonzales v. Oregon, 546 U.S. 243 (2006)
VII. Biblical Viewpoint
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