Thursday, October 13, 2005


The Oregon Assisted-Suicide Case

This case is a tough collision of issues for conservatives. It's states' rights and personal liberty (of the "patient")on one side and the sanctity of life and personal autonomy (of the medical doctor) on the other. Honestly, the personal autonomy of the doctor - the freedom to perform his job and uphold the Hippocratic Oath - is a much bigger factor for me than the personal liberty of the patient argument for me, but that could be the stint in medical school talking. I was somewhat angered as a medical student at the thought of a court with a legally-trained judge telling a medically-trained doctor how the doctor should go about treating the doctor's patient. That doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me.

John Brown (formerly of Knoxville, not chillin' in Boone, NC) has many thoughts on the case. Definitely worth the read.

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