Assisted suicide has been one of the most controversial topics encoded in society to this day. Everyone has their own side of the story to tell their opinion. This is a socially debated topic that, when it boils down to the point, it is all just someone making a decision, whether the choice is to end one’s life and agony, or to preserve their pain. This should be a choice that the victims decide for themselves. However, in the land of the free, only one state has voted to legalizing assisted suicide. I stand by the right to choose assisted suicide. Assisted suicide and Euthanasia should be the choice of the people falling victim to such actions. This paper will be showing supporting reasons why assisted suicide should be the choice of the one that lays victim to it.
Switzerland has an unusual position on assisted suicide as it is legally condoned and can be performed by non-physicians. The involvement of a physician is usually considered a necessary safeguard in assisted suicide and euthanasia. Physicians are trusted not to misuse these practices and they are believed to know how to make sure a painless death. Besides, the law has explicitly separated the issue of whether or not assisting death should be allowed in some circumstances and, whether physicians should do it. This splitting up has not resulted in moral desensitization of assisted suicide and euthanasia.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death now (National).Physician assisted suicide has been around since the beginning of time, to end the suffering of patients. This issue is still being argued whether it is right and should be passed as legislation making assisted suicide dependable. Assisted Suicide is when a physician provides all the necessary needs for a patient to commit suicide without physically doing it. For a physician, assisted suicide is when the patients have to request the act to be done and for the doctor to agree. The purpose of this research paper is to bring more awareness of physician assisted suicide and if it should be legalized.
In recent years the media has shifted more focus on the hot topic of physician assisted suicide. This expanded coverage has caused an ever widening gap on both sides of the debate because of the ethical concerns that come along with this act. Due in part to the advancements in modern medicine, assisted suicide should be viewed as a morally correct decision for individuals to make for themselves when there is no overcoming a life impairing mental or physical ailment. This form of medicine should only be used when the individuals have exhausted all possible procedures and options and the have a bleak chance on being healthy once again. The results of assisted suicide can be viewed as morally correct in regards to consequentialism, social contract theory, as well as deontological ethics. The act of assisted suicide can be viewed as selfless if one does not ultimately want to be a physical or monetary burden on other individuals. A patient can also help to save others in regards of organ donations. We as a country need to learn to observe the choices of the terminally ill patients and understand when they want to concede in their battle. If a person chooses to end their life, it should not be viewed as a sign of weakness, but rather as a statement that this individual does not want to suffer anymore.
Understanding Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
This paper will address some of the more popular points of interest involved with the euthanasia-assisted suicide discussion. There are less than a dozen questions which would come to mind in the case of the average individual who has a mild interest in this debate, and the following essay presents information which would satisfy that individual's curiosity on these points of common interest.
Euthanasia and assisted suicide are legal in the state of Oregon and in the country of the Netherlands; these are the only two jurisdictions in the world where laws specifically permit euthanasia or assisted suicide. Oregon permits assisted suicide.(Oregon)
Remarkably, few have noticed that frail, elderly and terminally ill people oppose assisted suicide more than other Americans. The assisted-suicide agenda is moving forward chiefly with vocal support from the young, the able-bodied and the affluent, who may even think that their parents and grandparents share their enthusiasm. They are wrong.
With the discussion of assisted suicide being a viral topic, there are many different opinions whether or not people are for or against it. As for me, I am against assisted suicide. Assisted suicide is currently legal in five states including Oregon, Vermont, Washington, California, and Montana. Methods in the way it is done may vary from state to state, but I still believe any type of assisted suicide is wrong. In the article “Always Care, Never Kill: How Physician-Assisted Suicide Endangers the Weak, Corrupts Medicine, Compromises the Family, and Violates Human Dignity and Equality,” it states that allowing physician-assisted suicide would be a big mistake for the four following reasons: “first, it would endanger the weak and vulnerable.
Assisted suicide is a controversial issue because it involves two opposing sides which hold their own points of views. Those who support assisted suicide believe that assisted suicide is the right to die. Some proponents of assisted suicide claim that the right to die means that if an ill person is in pain they should be able end their life. Additionally, supporters of assisted suicide think that assisted suicide should be legal. For example, according to the article, Pros and Cons of Euthanasia, ”the motive of euthanasia is to "aid-in-dying" painlessly and thus should be considered and accepted by law”(Pros 2016). But, those who oppose assisted suicide think that it is murder. They also argue that assisted suicide is breaking the Hippocratic Oath. Lastly, opponents believe that assisted suicide should be illegal. In closing, according to the articles Pros and Cons of Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Timeline states that in places like Oregon, Vermont, Montana, Washington, Albania, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland and Luxembourg euthanasia, or assisted suicide is legalized (Assisted 2015) (Pros 2016).
Imagine you are diagnosed as a terminally ill patient. It is pre-determined that you are going to die in a matter of 6 months, whether dementia is dehumanizing you day by day, or you’re physically being detained from leaving your hospice bed. Whether you would even opt for assisted suicide or not, wouldn’t you want to at least have the choice to peacefully end your life that has already been confirmed to end in a matter of months? You would not only have the option of when you would want to end your life, but how, and surrounded by the people you love. As an American, we are all given the right to say, believe, and act as we want—without harming others—due to the 1st amendment of the constitution. If assisted suicide is illegal, doesn’t that take away our very right to live the life we want? If one is in so much pain, and has been diagnosed as a terminally ill patient, and they want to end their life in a dignified manner surrounded by their loved ones, isn’t it only fair to give them that option?
Every state should offer the option of doctor-assisted suicide and not have this means of relief as something only specific to certain regions. This topic will not only enlighten the reader to something that tends to be overlooked but will open the reader’s minds to what terminally ill patients feel and experience. The patient’s perspective will show readers what leads them to this life-ending decision. Since Doctor assisted suicide is not a fundamental freedom guaranteed to each person in every state the undocumented suicide rates increase. Terminally ill patients will suffer from depression and find no meaning left in their lives which lead them to commit suicide in a horrific manner (Smith, “Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide” Encyclopedia of Crime and Justice published in 2002). The adoption of Physician Assisted suicide allows for the family and friends of the loved one to be present when they pass, and not find them alone and dead in their homes. Most of the information throughout the paper will be new to the audience in that most people have not done extensive research on the benefits. Hopefully, detailed research about the positive aspects of doctor-assisted suicide for the terminally ill will persuade the reader. After reading ample facts and information the reader should have a greater