Case Treatment Of Terminally Ill Adult Patients

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On Monday, October 5th, 2015, California governor Jerry Brown signed a bill allowing terminally ill adult patients to request lethal medications from physicians to end their own lives. “In a deeply personal note, Brown said he read opposition materials carefully, but in the end was left to reflect on what he would want in the face of his own death” (Dembosky 1). Given the life or death circumstances, Brown made sure there were several requirements to be met before a person’s life is ended. If a patient in California wishes to request life-ending medication, he or she must first be diagnosed with a terminal illness and two different physicians must determine the patient has six months or less to live. This will prevent patients with a higher chance of recovery from following through with an unnecessary death. After it has been determined that the patient has less than six months left of his or her natural life, the patient has to orally request the life-ending drug two times, and each request must be at least fifteen days apart. The patient must also write one written request to the attending physician. These requests, both written and oral, must be witnessed by two trusting and responsible adults. Forty-eight hours before taking the lethal drug, the patient is required to sign a final attestation (Feinstein Statement 1). The slippery slope is a term used to describe a situation that over time gets out of hand, much like walking down an icy hill could quickly go wrong. “Slippery slope arguments, which are regularly invoked in a variety of practical ethics contexts, make the claim that if some specific kind of action (such as euthanasia) is permitted, then society will be inexorably led (‘down the slippery slope’) to perm... ... middle of paper ... ... months or less to live. The patient must then make two oral requests for euthanasia fifteen days apart from each other. As another precaution, the patient is required to make a written request for euthanasia as well. These specific regulations, along with several others, act as precautions to ensure safe practice and avoidance of abuse of euthanasia in California. The legalization of euthanasia is truly something that will help terminally ill patients all across the United States of America. It relieves the pain of a terminal illness, and it provides a sense of security and relief to patients suffering from the anxiety brought by these severe illnesses. There is no harm in legalizing this beneficial option and opening the start of peaceful deaths in America. This option should be safely and legally provided to terminally ill adult patients in United States.

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