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  • Living will for Thursday A document by which a person provides guidance for others who may be called upon to make medical decisions on behalf of the issuer of the directive if he or she is unable to do so
  • I. In May 2011, Gallup named PAS the most divisive moral issue in American life. ( More than abortion, more than cloning, more than the use of embryonic stem cells) According to their “Values and Beliefs” poll, 45 percent of the population now think it is morally acceptable, while 48 percent believe it to be morally wrong. (Kaveny essay in Commonweal, July 15, 2011)
  • Class #13

    1. 1. <ul><li>I. Introduction to the Issues: Death & Dying </li></ul><ul><li>II. Legal Matters </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A. Background </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>B. Important Developments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1. Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act (1997) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>2. United States Supreme Court (1997) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>3. Dr. Kevorkian </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>III. Daniel Callahan: “… Social Dimensions” </li></ul>
    2. 2. Source: Oregon Death With Dignity Act Annual Report (Year 13)
    3. 3. If you viewed How to Die in Oregon? through the lens of Church teaching about physician-assisted suicide (p.a.s.), what would you see? Should society—let alone the Church—care if individuals want to end their lives in this way? vt
    4. 4. <ul><li>assess the morality of physician-assisted suicide, </li></ul><ul><li>consider how the Church weighs in on it, and </li></ul><ul><li>discuss its implications for the practice of medicine and the rights of patients. </li></ul><ul><li>In so doing, we’ll identify and examine “the social dimensions” of something usually considered a private choice. </li></ul>
    5. 6. <ul><li>I. A May, 2011, Gallup study named p.a.s. as the most divisive moral issue in American life </li></ul><ul><li>II. How did we get here? </li></ul><ul><li>III. The case for & against p.a.s. </li></ul><ul><li>A. Who should be eligible for it? </li></ul><ul><li>B. What are the consequences if widespread? </li></ul><ul><li>IV. Church teaching on assisted suicide </li></ul><ul><li>A. What’s real freedom? </li></ul><ul><li> B. What’s real compassion? </li></ul>

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