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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The case was guided by the principle of Double Effect, a Christian doctrine that allows an action with severe consequences to be carried out for a good cause.
The second concerns when material cooperation with evil is justified by the principle of double effect.
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.
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.
These actions would be indefensible under the principle of double effect (ibid 202-203).
The principle of double effect permits the loss of the unborn as an indirect result of the direct act of saving the mother's life.
In the law of bioethics, intention has often been discussed in the context of the principle of double effect.
That is the business of the principle of double effect.
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.
The other theory that is often used in religious-based medical ethics is the principle of double effect.
The Principle of Double Effect The Ethical Guidelines of St.

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