Battin argues that the principles of mercy, autonomy, and justice allow for the permissibility of both euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. Battin asserts: “The case for euthanasia rests on three fundamental moral principles: mercy, autonomy, and justice.” I’m very interested in your thoughts on Battin’s use of the principle of mercy. Do you find it persuasive? What objections can you give to using the principle of mercy as a justification for active voluntary euthanasia?
Principle of mercy is about showing mercy and acting accordingly to help needy people. It can be applied to euthanasia by allowing euthanasia in case of people who are suffering fromdebilitating pain to relieve their condition.
I think the principle of mercy is persuasive because people who are suffering physically receive help to relieve them of their high level of discomfort.
My objection to active voluntary euthanasia is that if it is used without careful scrutiny and oversight, people who are not in real need may take advantage of it by using it when it is not warranted. For example, people considering suicide. It is against law to commit suicide.
Apr 26th, 2015
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