Physician assisted suicide/dying (PAD) is it good or bad? PAD is referred to when physician provides patients who are terminally ill with prescriptions of a lethal dose of medication, upon the patient’s request, which the patient intends to use to end their own life (Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2011); another option that is close to physician assisted suicide is Euthanasia. Euthanasia is the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy (Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2011). Physician assisted suicide / dying, is different from Euthanasia, the main difference on how the act is performed on ending the patient’s life. Physician assisted suicide the patient is the one who self-administers the lethal injection.
But while some may say that physician assisted suicide is immoral and impractical because it deserts the hope for further healing, patients who are at death’s door should have the right to die with dignity with the aid of a practicing physician as an alternative to continually living with the burden of a terminal illness. Allowing physician assisted suicide to be an option for terminally ill patients alleviates the suffering that they may have to endure. How can the government make a decision to keep aching patients from alleviating their pain? The incident of Matthew Donnelly illustrates the perfect case of a patient whose suffering had gone on too long: Matthew’s job of working with x-ray research had left him with skin cancer that slowly deteriorated his entire body. With an estimate of only a year left to live, Matthew Donnelly laid in bed in excruciating pain for days.
Physician- Assisted Suicide What can be more personal than the decision to end one's life in its final, painful days? Physician-assisted suicide is a justifiable suicide; “self-deliverance” and a person's liberty should not be taken away. On September 15, 2001 my negative attitude toward physician-assisted suicide changed drastically. My mother's parents are deeply in love and unfortunately have become very sick. My grandma was just diagnosed with Lou Gherig's disease one year before her death.
Sarah Hughes English -102-13 November 1,2015 Mark Dudick To treat or not to treat Euthanasia/ physician assisted suicide is a hard topic to decide if you are for or against it. I would have to choose for because people with terminally ills should have the right to die if they want to or live. I believe that aid death has been around for a long time. for example, when someone is in a coma or vegetative stage and the doctor believe the best is to end their suffering , so they give the lethal injection or they will put a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) on the patient. I believe that pathos and logos going to be a big part of this topic.
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Voluntary euthanasia is being put to death with the consent of the patient; involuntary is where the patient is to ill to give consent, so a physician or close family member gives consent for them. Passive euthanasia is when common treatments, such as, antibiotics, pain medications, or surgery, are withheld. Active euthanasia is the use of lethal substances that will end a patient’s life. No matter what form of euthanasia is used... ... middle of paper ... ...a. Hamlon Kathi. “Could euthanasia or assisted suicide be used as a means of health care cost containment?” Patient’s rights council.
With that being said, in the case of terminally ill patients, the option to a peaceful death by the means of euthanasia is one that should be available. With most terminal illnesses the end of the journey is an excruciatingly painful one both emotionally and physically,... ... middle of paper ... ...://www.merriam- webster.com/dictionary/euthanasia>. Nitschke, Dr. Philip, and The Opinions Expressed in This Commentary Are Solely Those of Dr. Philip Nitschke. "Euthanasia: Hope You Never Need It, but Be Glad the Option Is There." CNN.
For the rest of the paper, I will be talking about PAS from a pro-PAS opinion while questioning those who are against it and their arguments for it. First, euthanasia is the act of ending someone’s life to relieve his or her suffering. It can be active or passive, where active is that a person is actively terminating someone’s life and passive is an act of omitting a procedure or treatment that will lead to the person’s death (Levy, Azar, Huberfeld, Siegel & Strous, 2013). Euthanasia can also either be voluntary, where a patient requests someone to end their life, or involuntary where the patient’s healthcare provider or family members make the decision without a patient’s request because the patient may not have the capacity to request it. PAS is a subset of euthanasia that occurs when a doctor of a patient engages in an activity, which directly or indirectly leads to their death (Levy et al., 2013).