Situation Ethics: Joseph Fletcher – agape – what is the most loving thing to do?
Golden Rule: treat others as you want to be treated yourself
Absolute views– Old Testament – Decalogue “Do not murder.”
Relative views: Jesus' teachings of forgiveness, love, mercy “Mercy killing?”
Life gift from God
Sanctity of Life
Hospices available to help ease suffering
"The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away" - Job 1:21
“ You yourselves are God's temple” - 1 Corinthians 3:16
Pope said that to cause death in this way was “a grave violation of the law of God.”
If large doses of painkillers are used to help ease a person's suffering, resulting in a person dying, this is understood as double effect and is permitted. In the same way the Roman Catholic Church does not believe that doctors should use any extraordinary treatment to keep people alive. Doctrine of Double Effect: Used in application with Natural Law and Christian Ethics
Diane Pretty British woman denied the right to die. Suffered Motor Neurone Disease Argues that she should be allowed to die with dignity. “ The law has taken all my rights away.” We all have the right to life – odes this also mean we have human right to death?