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How can a physician determine if a request for euthanasia is genuine and not just a cry for help?

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Discussion Prompt:
Ethicist Margaret Battin (1987) suggests that physicians should uphold a patient’s autonomy by informing them about humane methods for ending one’s life. Thus, the principle of autonomy creates a moral obligation for physicians to provide patients (who request it) with information on how to die.
Furthermore, some individuals create suicide kits that are available for purchase through online retailers like eBay. One, in particular, is a 3D-printed pod suicide machine called “Sarco” that fills with gas to end a person’s life.
1) Should there be limits on freedom of speech when it comes to publicizing methods for killing oneself or others?
2) Should physicians be the ones to inform patients about “humane” methods for ending their lives?
3) Some people might argue that suicide attempts are just a cry for help. How can a physician determine if a request for euthanasia is genuine and not just a cry for help?
Book Chapter Link: https://files.galencollege.edu/media/ADN/PHL2205/PHLTextbook/EthicsforALevel_Chapter7.pdf

 

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