These procedures might eventually seem as natural as any other treatment an individual would receive. Often times people do not get to choose how they die, but on the singular occasions in which they do, there should be an option for a merciful death. Though it may be against their oath, doctors should be able to assist patients that have life clinging to them like a disease itself. Essentially, the government has forced those with terminal illnesses to waste away when they would much prefer death. The question the officials in Washington D.C. need to ask themselves is, “Are we allowing doctors to help these patients, or are we cruelly delaying death?”
This would also be an advantage to the health care system, for it would provide more hospital beds and lower medical costs. Lastly, this would allow a patient to decide whether they would want to end his or her suffering. Looking at the example of my great Aunt, euthanasia would have helped her die with dignity. I wish that when I walked into your hospital room had been the day that our family let you go, for a person should have the choice “To be, or not to be,” (Crowther). Works Cited Crowther, J. N.p.
The patients will have the understanding that if they cannot keep fighting the option is available. ¨ There is not more profoundly personal decision, nor one which is closer to the heart of personal liberty, than the choice which a terminally ill person makes to end his or her suffering and hasten an inevitable death¨ ( Sarah Henry, 1996, p. 10). If they are ready to end it, the option is available. They know the choice they make will affect them, but it also helps to know if they cannot go on they can tell the doctor and they will end it. ¨ Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations is the first religious group to pass in favor of Euthanasia for the terminally ill¨ ( Leading Issue Timelines, 2017, p. 8¨.
Patients shouldn’t have to experience the fear of being “trapped” on life support with “no control” (Manning 27). They should be permitted the opportunity to die with a sense of pride and dignity, not shame, pain and suffrage. To make anyone live longer against their will and is simply immoral. By denying patient the option of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide the government is vi... ... middle of paper ... ...ns. Patients should not be so medically ill that they are unable to make this decision.
Life is a blessing; therefore, people should cherish and preserve it as much as possible. Patients in critical situations such as dealing with a terminal illness should be able to decide whether they want to end their lives or to have a physician do it for them. An arguable debate is whether euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide should be legal in many parts of the world. The question has grown and raised concerns: should physician and medical experts end the life of a patient who wills it? Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide should become legal in the United States and other areas of the world because patients should not have to live life with an unbearable pain and suffer the whole time through it.
According to Velleman the publisher and philosopher of Voluntary Euthanasia, he holds that if it is a person’s life that is so degrading why question the decision of euthanasia. Families, doctors, and other acquaints of the patient requesting this assistance should respect their decision because each person’s values in life are different. Euthanasia is like having a patient sign a DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) because if they start to ‘slip’ away they do not want to be revived, but left to die in peace because their body was not strong enough. Peoples decisions upon death, or treatments should be respected because everyone has their own goals and values for themselves. If euthanasia was allowed by all states in the United States, there should be rules and exceptions for assisted suicide.
Euthanasia is a painless killing for people who suffer from a painful disease. People who are ill should have the right to commit suicide. Everyone should have their own option to end their lives because they’re the one who knows how much they could stand. An addition, people who are assisted by a doctor in ending their lives with medical treatment should have that legally available to them. Needless suffering will continue in the US if the laws are not changed to reflect the current changes in medical care.
The advocates believe that sick people who will die soon because of medical conditions should not be subjected to prolonged pain and physician-assisted suicide is the ethical way to do it. Dr. Timothy E. Quill stated that "Patients with serious illness wish to have control over their own bodies, their own lives, and concern about future physical and psychosocial distress. Some view potential access to physician-assisted death as the best option to address these concerns,". According to an end-of-life survey by the Pew Research Center (2013), 57% of the two thousand surveyed chose to end their lives via physician suicide if they had an incurable disease and were suffering a great deal of pain. Physician-assisted suicide should be legalized for the sole fact that it puts an end to someone`s miserable life.
The thought of a slow and painful death can cause one to think about the alternatives to this type of ending when the time comes or if a tragedy happens to cause the body to quit functioning. The fact is death is coming no matter what the person does and there should be some choice in how long a person has to suffer before the event occurs. The modern medical field has made numerous advances in the care of individuals who are terminally ill and are going to die no matter what is done for the person this is true, but there is another alternative. Euthanasia is the alternative that could be administered to a dying person so that their pain is not slow and their death is not extended. The persons death is inevitable and extending it is something that does not have to happen with the use of lethal drugs.
If a patient is not seen to recover at any stage and, after all treatment possible, still remains incurable, then they should have the choice of euthanasia. Euthanasia would be a blessing to the critically ill patients and their families. However, under the above conditions I still can see where much abuse could occur resulting in euthanasia being seen as inhumane. If a patient who was depressed due to a feeling of pressure from home/friends/family the individual s choice for euthanasia would not be rational because there are treatments available to help deal with depression such as regular visits to a psychiatrist or the anti-depressants available from a medical practitioner. People must consider that euthanasia must be reasoned and not used as a temporary pain relief of something easily cured, but still what must be considered is what influence their can be on an individuals choice, example; pressure from family or feeling a burden.