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?
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.
There are many different reasons why people would want to euthanize someone, but here are just a few of them. The reasons are – to put themselves out of the misery of their terminal illness, as they only see physical and emotional pain in their future because some rules are better than none, human beings have the right to die how and when they want to because sometimes a life is just not worth living anymore and euthanasia may be necessary for the fair distribution of health resources. One acting on their own violation, with their right mind should be able to make a decision on how they live and die without a government or religious group interfere. Euthanasia should be
Euthanasia can helps the patient in many positive ways.Therefore, euthanasia or assisted suicide should be legal all over the world. People who oppose euthanasia claim that it is wrong since it devalues human life. They say euthanasia is not different from murder because it involves killing a person. They think that by legalizing euthanasia, society would accept the doctor’s decision to kill terminally ill people. Besides, some doctors might then choose the shortest way out, helping people die instead of helping them recover.
We Have the Right to Choose Euthanasia Euthanasia is the term for opting to die under circumstances, which lead to it being a gentle and easy death. Euthanasia should be an option for the suffering patient, although certain conditions and laws should be implemented on this issue so that both for and against arguments are considered. My opinion leans toward euthanasia being legal although I can understand the critical issues in relation to this practice that cause conflict within the community. The decision for life is entirely up to the suffering individual. Only under a qualified psychiatrist should there be any influence on an individuals ability to make that decision.
Euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide or Mercy Killing, gives rise to controversial debates, and people challenge euthanasia for its moral and legal bases. Some argue that patients should have the rights to end their unendurable sufferings and to die with dignity. Some, in the countries that have already legalized euthanasia, argue whether euthanasia should extend to children. Some, however, argue that legalizing euthanasia can cause a “slippery slope” that leads to murder and should not extend to anyone. In my opinion, assisted suicide should be legalized, but only to terminally ill patients competent to give consent, not including children and disabled people.
It also introduced the idea that euthanasia can’t be taken advantage of, as it will be protected and controlled by government legislations. Arguments against Euthanasia include that instead of euthanasia there are alternative treatments available such as palliative care and hospices. It also suggests that to remove or minimise symptoms you do not have to kill the patient, and with todays advances in technology and medicine nearly all pain can be relieved. There is also the hazard and risk that by giving the doctors the power to decide if the patient’s life is not worth living, this may lead them from voluntary euthanasia to involuntary euthanasia. Similarly the notion that patients have the right to die imposes the doctor the duty to kill therefore restricting the independence of the doctor’s decision.
If euthanasia gets legalized patients with terminal illnesses would give up easy, they wouldn’t want to fight to see the outcome. Physician are there to help patients make it through there rough time not assist in ending patient’s lives. It is feared that euthanasia is the normal and the procedure of the physician will start abusing it. The aforementioned idea is also known as a slippery slope. Also, a miracle or a misdiagnosed might occur.
In this paper I have argued that: Health professionals should aim to improve health and suffering and not kill because it becomes overbearing, If hospitals had good palliative care then euthanasia wouldn’t be necessary, A patient who is in the process of dying isn’t in the right state of mind to make a decision such as ending their life, If euthanasia becomes legal, it doesn’t allow research to find cures for chronic illnesses, Euthanasia gives too much power to the doctors, Euthanasia destroys societal respect for life, and Giving the doctors this much power essentially leads to a variation of murder. Therefore, it is morally wrong for someone to kill a person; even it is on medical terms.
Euthanasia is defined in our ethics book as “good death”. (MacKinnon) The chapter in our ethics book actually contains quite a bit of information about assisted suicide and the Death with Dignity Act. According to the chapter, assisted suicide would be considered as physician assisted suicide because the patient’s doctor has to prescribe the patient a prescription in order for assisted suicide to take place. The physician is helping the suicide take place, but they aren’t actually administering it. Another thing that assisted suicide would be considered as is voluntary euthanasia, because the patient is making a valid decision and they are mentally stable enough to make the decision on their own.