There are, as with any sensitive topics in society, two very strong sides to an issue. At first glance, when talking about people who are suffering and lookin...
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...e are many ethical implications of PAS, most of which are in regards to patient’s autonomy and rationality, and the possible implications of PAS on other people. Also taken into account are the possibilities of abuse that come along with giving physicians power to prescribe lethal doses of medications to patients. With all arguments having validity, it can be seen that there is a lot that is unknown about the use of PAS. Most arguments, both for and against this form of assisted suicide, are based upon empirical arguments regarding rights and rationality of people in the United States. The states that do allow PAS to occur have specific guidelines as to how it is to be achieved, and those that do not allow PAS have strict policies regarding the criminality of the act. It is clear that, if PAS is to be allowed, there must be extremely well-defined boundaries.
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