Author Neil Gorsuch wrote a book on the future of assisted suicide and euthanasia that describes the complicated philosophical and legal implications of the legalization of physician assiste...
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...rs or DNR’s that act as a guide for navigating a person’s death. A person has the right to refuse medical intervention which in turn would lead to their death, but they cannot ask for death to be delivered. We have allowed law and society to evolve to a place where a person can be taken off of life support, which effectively ends the patient’s life, but it is still considered unethical to assist in suicide of a person who will inevitably end up a victim to their terminal disease; why is there such a discrepancy. If we are taking the contemporary ethical stance that all life has value, then all life should be fought for equally. But it is apparent that it isn’t. By ascribing this duty of physician assisted suicide to the state, this removes the individual concepts of right and wrong as it would then be in accordance with the law and the virtue prescribed by those laws.
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