Death is a personal situation and decision in life. Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide have the power to save lives and by the government interfering and not legalizing it they are interfering and violating patient’s personal freedom and human rights. Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide should become legal for patients; however, there should be strict rules and guidelines to follow. If suicide isn’t a crime why should euthanasia and assisted suicide?
The euthanized person may even be of use to society in a utilitarian manner, if his/her bodily organs are to promote the welfare of others, one life saves the lives of others. This may even be ... ... middle of paper ... .... If one accepts the notion that euthanasia is good, then it would not only be inappropriate, but discriminatory. To deny this “good” to a person solely on the basis of that person’s being too young or too mentally incapacitated to make the request. Legalized euthanasia raises the potential for a potentially dangerous situation.
People knowing that their health will not improve and will arrive at their death should be given the right to an assisted suicide. Harmful or attempted suicides that result in severe damage can also be prevented by letting those with physical suffering end their life by the help of a physician. Even though assisted suicide is illegal in most states, it is generally ethical. Assisted suicide needs to only be administered and considered moral for someone who has a terminal diagnosis and wishes to die gracefully in order to relieve their pain. Suicide is not normally something that should be deemed acceptable, but since suicide with assistance can help the terminally ill, it needs to be seen as ethical for the sake of the less fortunate with a deadly
This is the argument for one of the most controversial questions of the past decade, should assisted suicide be deemed legal in the United States? The root of the controversy is the involvement of medical community in such a choice. I will look to find a not an answer but guidance to determine if assisted suicide is an ethical choice. While the issue has no answer that would make both sides of the issue content, Utillitarism and relative ethics can help clear the ethical issue at hand. The utillatirist perspective will help explain how the outcome of physician assisted suicide helps a population with a certain end benefits and changes the quality of life of a person who is on a tight schedule to meet a certain death.
Autonomy is the right of self-directing freedom and especially moral independence; this means that people have the right to make decisions for themselves. An example would be a patient refusing medical attention despite medical advice. With that should people have the right to choose the day of their death, if they are eligible? Eligibility may include terminal illness or an insufficient standard of living due to an accident or certain disease such as ALS. Some may argue that physician assisted suicide violates the Hippocratic oath, as they say a physician is to "do no harm," but is refusing a patient's autonomic and constitutional right die doing harm.
Assisted suicide brings a debate that involves professional, legal and ethical issues about the value of the liberty versus the value of life. However, before conceive an opinion about this topic is necessary know deeply its concept. Assisted suicide is known as the act of ending with the life of a terminal illness patients for end with their insupportable pain. Unlike euthanasia, the decision is not made by the doctor and their families, but by the patient. Therefore, doctors should be able to assist the suicide of their patients without being accused of committing a criminal offense.
Therefore, a line should be drawn where you can decide to prolong your life through medicine or not. With physician assisted suicide, which is when the patient gets a prescription to end their life painlessly, the elderly man depicted above could have prevented succumbing to such a miserable state. What should the hospital staff do about this man? They are unable to fulfill his wishes by cutting his life short as it would be illegal. Do they extend his life further or allow him to die a dignified death?
At first it was a person’s state of being and later signified the action(s) performed to rush death. It has kept its original meaning of having a peaceful/painless exit from life but it also takes the meaning of the intentional foreshortening of a person’s life to spare them from any further suffering. Active euthanasia is an action that intended to end the life of a greatly suffering person and has no chance to recover. Passive euthanasia is the intentional withholding of treatment that might lengthen someone’s life. This comes in hand with the Right-to-Die (RTD) movement because in RTD the suffering person is allowed to decide when it is they want to end their pain.
To be able to have control over the fear of death by having the ability to end life on your own terms is the greatest relief in many individual’s eyes. Terminally ... ... middle of paper ... ... moral issues of physician assisted suicide are controversial as it is compared to abortion and death row topics. Many argue is morally acceptable for a dying person who is choosing to escape the unbearable suffering through physician assisted suicide as it is seen as humane. Additionally, it is a physician’s job to lessen patients suffering, which justifies providing aid in the end of life wants for an individual. The arguments rely a great deal on the respect for individual self want, which recognizes the constitutional rights of competent people to choose the timing and manner of their death, when faced with terminal illness.
Although in this case the patient will eventually die... ... middle of paper ... ...ot only physical but also mental aspects, and this is something that has only come into consideration lately. It is for this reason that we need to have policies to accurately help patients who have come to the realization that they no longer wish for us as doctors to actively try to prolong their lives. The above is our hospital's policy concerning end life care, which we hope to adopt. First and foremost, we believe that life is foundationally good, and unless we are given specific instructions through the aforementioned procedures, we will always try to sustain life. At our hospital we will also respect the moral beliefs of our doctors.