double effect

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The use of sedatives and analgesics—in particular narcotics—in terminally ill in doses high enough to both relieve pain and/or suffering—the ‘good’ effect—and hasten their demise—the ‘bad’ effect

double effect

Medical ethics The use in terminally ill Pts of sedative and analgesic dosages high enough to relieve both pain and suffering–the 'good' effect, and hasten their demise–the 'bad' effect. See Euthanasia.

double effect

In ethics, the doctrine or principle explaining under what conditions one may perform an act that has both good and bad consequences. In medicine, an example of the double effect is that the medications used in palliative care may have the side effect of hastening death even though the intent of the practitioner is to achieve relief of symptoms and not euthanasia.
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He said: "I think that many of us have had that assurance from doctors, and what they usually mean is that they are going to operate the principle of double effect.
This article argues that intention matters to act evaluation in much the way that the principle of double effect (PDE) implies.
The principle of double effect has been under considerable criticism from philosophers, who prefer to reduce it to utilitarian calculus, and from Christian thinkers who worry that it smacks of hairsplitting casuistry.
avows that proportionate reason and the principle of double effect are a sensitive moral discernment that strives to honor the complexity of difficult moral situations.
As I pointed out in my testimony to Senator Birch Bayh's committee on abortion reform in 1974, male theologians and popes had, for 2000 years, allowed men to kill real human beings in self-defense based on the Principle of Double Effect.
That is the business of the principle of double effect.
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One must also look elsewhere for criticism of the distinction relied upon in just war theory to justify civilians deaths--the principle of double effect.
Danneels' position could be justified, Johnstone said, by appeal to either of two concepts: the principle of double effect or of counseling a lesser evil.
One time-honored and productive way of approaching such situations is through the principle of double effect.
In addition, the substantial dosage of sedatives he was given may have further diminished his breathing to some extent, notes Heskin, but according to the time-honored principle of double effect, they were provided for palliative purposes--to moderate his suffering--not to cause or hasten death.
Part II studies both philosophical secular bioethics and methods in Catholic bioethics with a privileged attention to the principle of double effect and birth control.

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