- If a person is in pain they will be less rational with regard to considering their death, therefore their opinion should be given less weight not more.
- Most people who suffer extreme pain will do almost anything to make it stop, in such circumstances a decision to die is actually a decision to stop the pain, not a calculated and rational decision to end their life.
- If a painful human life can be legally disposed of but one void of pain should be preserved we are essentially valuing human life based on how much pleasure those lives are capable of? That would mean those who hedonistically pursue their own gratification at the expense of others are worth more as human beings than those who sacrificially choose to suffer in the service of others.
Unless we are willing to say that human life is devalued by the existence of pain, which I am not, then pain should not be a criteria for whether or not you help someone to kill themselves. I think this could well be a case of confusing our own aversion to anything that interupts our pursuit of pleasure with compassion for the suffering. Or am I wrong?