Slippery Slope Argument Against Euthanasia

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“Euthanasia” means “mercy-killing” in Ancient Greece. It is a world-wide discussed medical method which gives a choice to die by lethal drugs by the help of a doctor in hospital. Euthanasia One of the most controversial topics about the ethics of medicine is euthanasia, and it has a common argument which named “Slippery Slope Argument” that is argued by bioethicist all over the world. Slippery Slope argument generally argues about the uncertainties of euthanasia technique in medicine. They have 2 main points which supports that euthanasia is not ethical because it doesn’t have certain results and it is not appropriate for the modern medicine understanding. First point in slippery slope includes that there can be wrong decisions taken because the patients that have mental…show more content…
However, the doctors can’t comment or measure the mental health of the patient. That’s why some patients may take quick decisions which may lead wrong results. Euthanasia is not a decision that can be taken back, that’s why the requests should be certain. A bioethicist Arthur L. Caplan states, “There are no guidelines for the management of euthanasia requests on grounds of mental suffering in Belgium.” (Lane, par.7). I think the patients that have limited life-time remained and terminal illnesses may have some mental problems because of their situation. However, these mental problems shouldn’t result a strict decision as death, since the problem may be healed by the time and they can regret the decision. Second point that bioethicist argue in Slippery Slope Argument is the idea of euthanasia causing another social problems. For example some non-ethical topics may be argued by the legalizing of euthanasia. For example, people may argue about killing disabled children etc. The Netherlands studies fail to demonstrate that permitting physician assisted suicide and euthanasia will not lead to the non-voluntary euthanasia of children, the demented,

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