Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Physician Assisted Suicide—Follow-Up

Some more information on Physician Assisted Suicide:

First, here is a link to an excellent resource on how to examine PAS through an ethical framework. It is the University of Washington's Bioethics website. I worked on the site back in 2002/2003. It is geared toward helping medical students learn to handle situations that will likely emerge once they become doctors, but I think the discussion can apply to anyone who is interested in picking apart this topic more fully. And it gives ethical arguments for BOTH SIDES.

Second, one question I have heard raised a lot on other blogs is why proponents of I-1000 don't just call what they are advocating for euthanasia. I'd like to explain that briefly. Euthanasia and PAS are two distinct terms. Euthanasia can be used to describe ending a life in a painless manner, a mercy killing if you will, but a euthanasia is actually performed by the medical personnel. In the case of PAS, a prescription is handed out by the doctor, and pills are given to the patient for the patient to take home and bring about death on their own. I'm not saying one is better than the other, just that there is a technical distinction.


dethmama said...

I really enjoy your blog. I'd like to link to your articles on the subject of PAS and Washington's prop I1000 in one of my "Articles of Interest" posts.

Jessica Knapp said...

Absolutely. I'd love to have you link to one of my articles. Thanks for asking! And thanks for the nice words.

I was on your blog last night myself, which you probably know from the comment I left, and I am a fan of your work, too.

Christian Sinclair, MD said...

Found your blog thru dethmama. Thanks for all the links and info I may not have stumbled on to without finding you.

I may be linking to you as well in the future.

Jessica Knapp said...

Oh, so glad you found me. And extra glad you have found the links useful! Please do feel free to link to my blog any time!

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