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Test 4 Bioethics test Euthanasia- Physician Assisted Suicide

Terms in this set (60)

- Objection #1: This view of autonomy is too strong, too individualistic and too independent. This is especially true for Christians

- Objection #2: A coherency problem: Can one coherently have a natural right to die? All natural rights presuppose our self-interested attachment to our own lives. For one to argue that one has a right to die is to argue that one has the right to annihilate the very basis of all rights including the right to die. Also, if there is right, then who has the obligation?

- Objection #3: Many have argued that there is no constitutional right to die. John T. Noonan, highly regarded as one of the greatest legal minds in the country, writes that there is nothing in the Constitution or in judicial precedents that supports the idea of a guaranteed "right to die." In fact he argues that legal judgements have ruled just the opposite. He writes that "A federal court should not invent a constitutional right unknown in the past and antithetical to the defense of human life that has been a chief responsibility of our constitutional government."

- Objection #4: In the context of euthanasia, this form of autonomy is always coupled with suffering (or some other condition). However, if the argument from autonomy is valid then it should be able to stand on its own. Ie. Any autonomous individual at any time has the right to die and has the right to ask others to help - but very few ever argues this.

- Objection #5: As Christians we recognize that the life we are asking to end is not your life. It is a gift from God, which we live in stewardship to Him.