Which of the following is an example of a deontological argument in opposition to the following statement: “Medical aid in dying is something terminally ill patients who are mentally competent should have access to if they so choose.”

Multiple Choice Question 1:
Which of the following is an example of a deontological argument in opposition to the following statement: “Medical aid in dying is something terminally ill patients who are mentally competent should have access to if they so choose.”

a. It is fundamentally against the Hippocratic Oath for a physician to intentionally aid in hastening a patient’s death.”

b. The principle of patient autonomy demands that a terminally ill patient who is mentally competent should have the option for medical aid in dying.

c. “Denying terminally ill patients who are mentally competent access to medical aid in dying causes those patients to unnecessarily suffer physical pain.”

d. “Permitting medical aid in dying for terminally ill patients who are mentally competent may lead to a ‘slippery slope’ where physicians begin hastening the death of patients in other situations.”

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