Legalizing Euthanasia " Whose life is it, anyway?" A Plea stated by the late Sue Rodrigues. Rogrigues, a high-profile, terminally-ill resident of British Columbia, Canada, suffered from a terminally ill disease (Robinson, 2001). She was helped to commit suicide by a physician in violation of Canadian law.
It is no secret that in today’s world, there are plenty of threats to human health. All different types of sicknesses and diseases can come to all different people, no matter the size, age, or gender. Although there are many medical advances and treatments, unfortunately it is not always possible to end the chaos that comes along with a sick patient. Assisted suicide, physician’s assisted suicide, and euthanasia should be legal because suffering, dealing with medical expenses, and causing pain to loved ones is a decision each individual should be allowed to decide for himself.
Euthanasia: Not Just for the Terminally Ill Euthanasia or assisted suicide would not only be available to people who are terminally ill. This popular misconception is what this essay seeks to correct. There is considerable confusion on this point, perhaps further complicated by statements in the media. There are two problems here - the definition of "terminal" and the changes that have already taken place to extend euthanasia or assisted suicide to those who aren't "terminally ill.
The distinction between killing and letting die has been used by many to condemn euthanasia and assisted suicide while giving approbation to withdrawing life-support systems in at least some patients. In the recent United States Supreme Court decision which denies a right to physician-assisted suicide, Chief Justice Rehnquist writes that "when a patient refuses life sustaining medical treatment, he dies from an underlying fatal disease or pathology; but if a patient ingests lethal medication prescribed by a physician, he is killed by that medication." (1) It is doubtful, ho...
Physician assisted suicide, also known as right to die has become a hot button issue within the last twenty years. The reason behind the interest is because in the “land of the free” known as America, that promotes independence and personal rights; it seems quite regressive to many to deny a person their right to die. After the 1997 Supreme Court decision which declined to nationally recognize assisted suicide, Chief Justice William Rehquist stated this issue best when he said we are “engaged in an earnest and profound debate about the morality, legality and practicality of physician assisted suicide as it should in a democratic society”(Karim Paragraph 10). Cut to 2014 and over ten years later this issue has gained more momentum than ever, specifically in California after the California Compassionate Choices Act following the passing and implementation of The Dignity Act in Oregon (Tucker 1611). The benefits of assisted suicide include an end in suffering for patients while saving their family from future debt and allowing their organs and the energy used to keep them alive to save others who can live a complete and healthy life. There is some personal and moral opposition to physician assisted suicide nationally, but the positives outweigh the negatives and California should take further steps in aiding and providing options for those dying.
Euthanasia is the act of intentionally and directly providing the supplies and causing the death of a patient. It can be called mercy killing or aid-in-dying, as well. Assisted suicide is the act of directly providing the means of death to another person so they can commit suicide. Assisted suicide is also called physician assisted suicide (patientsrightscouncil.com). Euthanasia occurs when a doctor directly ends the life of a patient himself; assisted suicide occurs when the doctor simply provides the needed materials so a person can perform the action themselves. “Euthanasia is used to protect the interests and well being of citiz...
Many people think the act of assisted suicide and euthanasia are the same, but they are different. Euthanasia, either voluntary or involuntary, is the intentional killing by act or omission of a dependent human being for his or her alleged benefit. The key word here is "intentional". If death is not intended, it is not an act of euthanasia. When the person who is killed has requested to be killed, this is an act of voluntary euthanasia. When the person who is killed made an expressed wish to the contrary, this is a form of involuntary euthanasia. The definition of assisted suicide is when someone provides an individual with the information, guidance, and means to take his or her own life with the intention that it will be used for this purpose. When a doctor helps people to kill themselves it is called "physician assisted suici...
Euthanasia is the practice of painlessly killing a patient with an incurable or painful disease. Doctor assisted suicide is when a doctor helps a patient end their life by using a lethal injection of medication. In the United States, both euthanasia and doctor assisted suicide are illegal.
The word 'euthanasia' is derived from the Greek - eu, "good", and thanatos, meaning "death" [Marker, Special to Insight]. Some think of euthanasia as mercy killing, while others see it as murder. There are two ways to induce euthanasia, actively or passively. Passive euthanasia is defined as the bringing about of someone's death by withdrawing all forms of support and letting nature run its course. Active euthanasia involves causing death to someone through a direct action, like giving someone a lethal injection of controlled substances, or a high dose of carbon monoxide.
Euthanasia is killing someone out of pure concern for that patient, Euthanasia can either be passive euthanasia or active euthanasia. Passive Euthanasia is merely when the patient dies because the medical professionals either don’t do something in order to keep the patient alive, or either they stop doing something that is keeping the patient alive. In other words, in the case of passive euthanasia is simply allowing the patient to die, and not deliberately killing them. For example, if the doctor doesn’t give the patient a surgery or medication in order to keep the patient alive, or if the doctor unplugs the patient from a machine that was keeping the patient alive. Active Euthanasia is when a person or medical professional directly and purposely