Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide To die or not to die, that is not the question if you've been diagnosed with a terminal disease in America. The question is how. Should you be forced to suffer all the pain the disease brings, or should your doctor be able to legally help you die in a peaceful, painless way? That is the question that the Supreme Court, religious groups, physicians, and many others are trying to answer. The problem is that it doesn't have a clear answer.
Title Only people who have witnessed or experienced a terminal illness know how much it impacts a person’s life and their families. According to the Cancer Facts and Figures, in 2015, there was an estimate of 1,658,370 people who were diagnosed with cancer and 589,430 of those diagnosed with cancer had died (American Cancer Society). Medication evolves every day, yet there is little to do for cancer patients. They can go through various treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy, however some patients these treatments are unbearable. In four states, physician assisted suicide is legal, many other states are debating on the issue at hand.
The surveys were of doctors and their feeling about assisted-suicide. 176 of the doctors favored for assisted-suicide, saying that they feel that they are helping and are the best interest of their patients. This was very surprising, because most people assume that doctors are against assisted-suicide. With all the information given from these articles regarding physician assisted-suicide and the right to die. I would have to agree with most of the articles with legalizing assisted suicide.
Dr. Kevorkian believed in every terminal patient’s right to assisted suicide. The doctor even invented ... ... middle of paper ... ...e medication or because of problems with the completion of physician-assisted suicide. The authors of the study also came to the conclusion that "...if physician-assisted suicide is legalized, but euthanasia is not, some competent patients may not be able to end their own lives for purely physical reasons, as in the case of patients with neurologic illnesses who have problems with swallowing or using their hands and patients who are physically too weak to take all the oral medication themselves. "The Royal Dutch Medical Association recommends that a doctor be present when euthanasia is attempted. Two studies conducted in Oregon, where physician-assisted suicide became legal on Oct. 27, 1997 did not mention complications arising from the attempts.
Assisted Suicide, more than many other things, gives opponents the fear that doctors will become less committed to saving lives, that families may respond to financial pressures by encouraging suicide, and that limitations in the resources of the health-care system might dictate decisions of life and death. All in all, assisted suicide has been a large topic for debate and discussion for many years. Ever since the incident with Dr. Kevorkian, very much attention has been brought to the topic of euthanasia. All in all, the act in itself is morally, ethically and obviously wrong. People should not be able to take their lives from themselves with aid from a doctor, because it is not good for a society or community.
Fifty four percent thought that doctors should be able to give a lethal dose to these patients. Thirty two percent said they shouldn’t. There is virtually no support for physician assisted suicide if the patient was not terminally ill. Only 11% said that doctors should give a lethal dose to non terminal patients who feel they are a burden to their family. Only 7% said that doctors should be legally allowed to prescribe lethal doses to healthy patients who want to commit suicide. Even more significant is the finding that the vast majority want doctors to reduce the number of suicides, not increase them.
Thus, the Cambridge Quarterly reports that 12 of the 26 hospitals surveyed prohibit treating people diagnosed with permanent unconsciousness (other than comfort care) based on these patients' supposed inability to know they are being treated. Never mind that several medical studies demonstrate that this condition is often wrongly diagnosed (40 percent misdiagnosis according to one British report). And never mind that such patients sometimes awaken unexpectedly, as recent headlines attest. What is most disturbing is that these policies, if enforced, would prevent profoundly brain-damaged and dementia patients from receiving tube-supplied food and water because such care is considered medical treatment.
84% of those polled said that they approved of laws which say medical treatment which is keeping a terminally ill patient alive can be stopped if that is what the patient desires. 70% said there are some circumstances when a patient should be allowed to die while 22% said medical personnel should do everything possible to wave the life of the patient. (Parker, 2009) There has been much debate in our society over whether physicians should disclose the prognosis terminally ill patients. Often physicians intentionally overestimate survival times when communicating with patients in order to give the... ... middle of paper ... ...mer, M., Lee, M., & Ganzini, L. (1997). Practical Issues in Physician-Assisted Suicide.
Just as the name says, physician assisted suicide is the aiding in a patients wish to move along the process of death through suicide where the assistant is a physician. This process is only legal in three states, and is just recently rising up and becoming a bigger issue in other states. Physician assisted suicide is a way to relieve patients of their suffering, yet doctors are under an oath that entitles them to neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor make a suggestion to this effect, and the families that they are leaving may act in a different way than expected. Being a terminally ill patient and suffering from lymphocytic leukemia, one Montana man was hoping to find a physician to help him be put out of his misery sooner than later. Robert Baxter knew that his time was running short and that after twelve years of chemotherapy, he was not getting any better.
Physician assisted suicides Introduction Physician assisted suicides is among the modern greatest challenges that come with the medical professions ethic responsibilities. Assisted suicides threaten the greater core of the profession of medicine and its integrity since it is not just a proposal towards the care of the dying but the means to their death. Even though the council on Ethical and judicial affairs of medicine has long standing policies going against the need for euthanasia. However, these policies do not address the issue of assisted suicide fully. This was not until there was a report on the issue in June 1991 regarding the "Decisions of near the End of Life."