The Weakest Arguments Against Euthanasia
1. Euthanasia: The Weakest Issues Against It
Euthanasia is the intentional killing of a person for the purpose of relieving them of their suffering. It can be either active, where the person is actively killed, or passive, where the person’s life is ended through the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment. There are many different arguments for and against euthanasia, but the weakest issues against it are that “acceptance of PAS will weaken the prohibition on killing; and citizens will begin to fear hospitals and medical personnel”.
2. J. M. Dieterle’s “Physician Assisted Suicide”
In his essay “Physician Assisted Suicide”, J. M. Dieterle argues that physician assisted suicide (PAS) should be legalized in cases where the patient is suffering from an incurable and painful disease. Dieterle believes that PAS should be seen as a medical treatment like any other, and that patients should have the right to choose how they want to die. He also believes that legalizing PAS would not lead to an increase in suicides, as many people who are considering suicide are not doing so because they want to die, but because they want to end their suffering.
3. Acceptance of PAS Will Weaken the Prohibition on Killing
One of the main arguments against euthanasia is that accepting PAS will weaken the prohibition on killing. However, this argument does not take into account the fact that euthanasia is already legal in many countries around the world, including Belgium, Netherlands, and Switzerland. If anything, PAS would strengthen the prohibition on killing by making it clear that there is a difference between killing and ending someone’s life when they are suffering from an incurable disease.
4. Citizens Will Begin to Fear Hospitals and Medical Personnel
Another common argument against euthanasia is that citizens will begin to fear hospitals and medical personnel if PAS is legalized. However, this argument does not take into account the fact that many people who are opposed to euthanasia are already afraid of hospitals and medical personnel. In fact, a study conducted by researchers at Trinity College Dublin found that almost half of Irish people surveyed said they would not trust doctors to make decisions about life-threatening illnesses. If anything, legalizing PAS would help to build trust between patients and medical professionals.
In conclusion, the weakest arguments against euthanasia are that “acceptance of PAS will weaken the prohibition on killing; and citizens will begin to fear hospitals and medical personnel”. These arguments do not take into account the fact that euthanasia is already legal in many countries, and that legalizing PAS would not lead to an increase in suicides.