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Blue Mountain College Physician Assisted Suicide Discussion Question

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Question Description

I’m working on a Social Science exercise and need support.

Title: Physician Assisted Suicide

Criterion

The content structure is clear, logical, comprehensive, and easy to follow.

Rules of grammar usage, correct spelling and punctuation are mandatory.

Citations of original works within the paper must follow APA guidelines.

Include the title page, reference page in addition to this 2-page assignment.

Focus only on policy answering the three questions that follow.

Does the policy contribute to equity and justice?

There are strong reasons why a policy or an alternative policy moves the society toward a condition of equity. The term “equity” here refers to justice, fairness, impartiality, and right. If a policy moves towards equity, it provides for a fairer distribution of privileges and opportunities before the law. Generally, one can tell if a policy is just and equitable if it fails to attract legal challenges based on the “due process” or “equal protection” principles of the law.

Is the policy compatible with social work values?

The entire issue of compatibility with societal values is complicated by the tension between these values on the one hand and professional values on the other. This problem is particularly acute in social work. The social worker often finds it difficult to choose between professional values and broader social values, since they are often at variance. Very often, the policy alternatives developed by social workers will be more compatible with professional values, or with the values of the social strata of their clients, than with societal values.

Since it is clear that social workers operate from a number of value positions, it is not a simple matter to solve this problem. Our best suggestion here is to look to the position taken by the national association of Social Workers as presented in their frequent position papers. Even though all social workers may not agree, the professional association does represent the best attempt to bring people to some agreement on highly charged issues.

Is the policy compatible with other important values in society?

This is a question critical to the success of any policy. We recognized today that the decision-making process is inherently one of choosing between values, but we also recognize that the decision is itself shot through with values from beginning to end. There is no value-free activity indulged in by human beings, not even the scientific pursuits.

To be more specific: Precisely which societal values are we talking about? Which have higher priority, and which have lessor priority? Do values change and if so, how can we know which stage of change is to be considered in examining a policy alternative?

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Final Answer

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Running head: PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE

Physician Assisted Suicide
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PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE

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Physician-assisted suicide occurs when a physician facilitates a patient's death through
the provision of necessary means or information. In most cases, this kind of suicide if performed
when a patient is suffering from a disease that has no cure, and it brings more pain to him or her
and makes the family undergo an economic crisis (Radbruch at al., 2016). The main aim of this
act is to end the suffering that affects the infected person. The choice to perform this suicide is
mainly from the individual concerning his or her family.
Does the policy contribute to equity and justice?
The question of whether the policy contributes to equity and justice can have two
different answers, which will follow the belief of the person addressing the issue. View the
system from the Biblical point of view; the policy is not contributing to equity and justice. The
bible teaches that God is the giver of life and should be the one to take it (Radbruch at al., 2016).
Committing suicide would be breaking one of the commandments which state that you should
not commit suicide.
Addressing the policy from the scientific point of view, t...

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