Discussion week 12

timer Asked: Jul 8th, 2013

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Instructional Objectives for this activity:
Distinguish euthanasia from physician assisted suicide, including the legal and ethical aspects of each.

Join your classmates and your instructor for a discussion of physician assisted suicide.

Please respond to all of the following prompts:

  • If you or a close family member or friend were terminally ill, would you consider physician-assisted suicide as a means of terminating suffering?
  • If your answer is "yes," what conditions would have to exist?
  • If an elderly client of your law firm asked your personal advice on this practice, how would you respond?
  • Should the practice be banned, or legalized?
  • What possible abuses might accompany legalized physician-assisted suicide?

The minimum expectation for class discussions is to respond directly to each part of the discussion prompt and to respond to at least two other posts, either by a student or instructor, by the end of the week:

  1. Submit one main post responding directly to each part of the discussion prompt.
    • This should be a substantive response to the topic(s) in your own words, referencing what you have discovered in your required reading and other learning activities.
    • You may use resources in addition to your textbook that support your post(s); however, you must mention the source(s) that you used in your post(s).
  2. Reply to at least two posts. Responses can be made to students or to your instructor.
question from student number one:

RE: Main Post Bianca Reynolds 7/5/2013 8:17:21 PM

I have to disagree with your opinion that it shouldn't be legalized because some patients want it and it really happens everyday when people are taken off of life-support and end up dying. Some people feel as if they really aren't living if they are suffering so they should go on and die because they are usually already depressed and feel like they have nothing to live for. I do, however, agree that it could cause problems when it comes to making sure it is what the patient wanted. I think that the patient's consent should be gotten before the illness takes place to ensure that is what they want.

Then reply at least 4 sentences about what she said regarding our post above,

Then just one more:

Mark as Unread RE: Main Post-Kayla Instructor Todd 7/1/2013 11:12:27 PM

I certainly see why you would want this decision to be in the hands of the patient Kayla.  However how can a doctor gauge the clarity of thought of a patient who wants to die because of extreme pain/illness, yet is highly medicated? Pain can definitely affect a person's thought process as can medication. If you seek clarity of thought from the patient by alleviating the pain, how can you then rely on the patient's decision if made while heavily medicated? Conversely, if you stop medicating so as to achieve clarity of thought yet the patient is now making a decision based on a state of mind of extreme pain, how can a physician be certain that the patient is sure?  Also, make sure to refer a client to the attorney for advice on the state of the law and advanced directive options.

Then last thing respond 4 sentnces no cover page no nothing just write 12 point double space thats all.

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