Pamela Bone, an American author, once said, “I'm not afraid of being dead. I'm just afraid of what you might have to go through to get there.” For terminally ill patients, euthanasia may be a choice for some. Being euthanized would end any suffering a loved one is forced to face while on their deathbed. It gives the patient the option to no longer prolong his or her last breath in agony, but rather under their own wish. It would be selfish to hold onto the relative only because the family does not want them to pass away, especially when the patient wanted to.
It is also discussed in churches, philosophy classes, taverns, street corners, homes, medical societies, nursing classes, hospices, journals, and legislative assemblies (Lane, 2). Many say they have good reasons to argue why euthanasia is a good thing. They use the argument that euthanasia is a cry for help (NCLC Department of Medical Ethics, 1). Others say terminal illness is so painful that death is the only way out. Some are concerned with what is in store for their future and would use euthanasia as an option.
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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).
Euthanasia is a subject shrouded in controversy. Euthanasia plays on many human emotions and values because the human race holds life as sacred. People in every society have rules governing the termination of their fellow humans. Sadly, there are times when people are faced with the difficult decision concerning what should be done for a loved one who is terminally ill, and no longer has hope of a good quality of life? The controversy lies within the human comprehension of right and wrong.
A living will is a legally binding document people create in advance that dictates their final wishes in time of their last counting days. With the living will, ill patients express what they want to happen to them if they were to become too sick to refuse or consent to medical treatments. Euthanasia, also called assisted suicide, or physician-assisted suicide, offers one of many options for terminal-ill patients or those with intractable pain. Many infer euthanasia as the action that brings about the end of a patient’s life because it has been decided they would be better off dead. Since euthanasia involves killing another person, voluntarily or not, a virtuous person considers euthanasia acceptable.
If their family agrees with them, then the patient’s suffering should be put to an end. Many peop... ... middle of paper ... ...d on a patient who wants the help. Would you want to live the rest of your life the way Jack has to, and would your family want you to? The only way in which this can be prevented is euthanasia. If you would not want to spend the rest of your life suffering, how can we expect anyone else to?