Euthanasia is legal in Washington only (Clarence H. Braddock, 2009). The thought of helping a patient who is suffering and they want to kill him or she is a very controversial topic as whether or not it is ethical for a doctor to end a person’s life. People who are against physician-assisted suicide feel that it is insulting God as well as murder. Others feel that it is a matter of choice. I feel very strongly that it is a matter of choice.
The pain for one is not the pain for all. Because of this, she said, “I, Mieneke Weide- Boelkes, am terminally ill. As soon as this medication loses its efficacy I request euthanasia.” Euthanasia, also known as mercy killing or physician-assisted suicide, according to the medical dictionary, means “to take a deliberate action with the express intention of ending a life to relieve intractable (persistent, unstoppable) suffering.” (Medilexicon). There are two types of euthanasia and two different methods to do it within those types. The first one is voluntary euthanasia, which is made under the patients consent and requires competence of it. The second one, is involuntary euthanasia which is made by a relative of the patient because the patient is incapable of doing it itself.
Thus, according to these people, suicide is in principle morally permissible. For health care workers, the issue of the right to die is most prominent when a patient in their care is terminally ill, is in intense pain, and voluntarily chooses to end their life to escape prolonged suffering. In these cases, there are several theoretical options open to the health care worker. First, the worker can ignore the patient's request and care can continue as usual. Second, the worker can discontinue providing life-sustaining treatment to the patient, and thus allow him to die more quickly.
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.
In fact, Euthanasia does not devalue human life, but it is a choice for people who have the right to make their own decisions. Letting them make a choice to die painlessly is what they themselves see it as a value of their own lives. For example, a person decides for himself that medical treatment that he is receiving is making his life more unpleasant than the disease, and that he would rather end the treatment. Presumably he conclude... ... middle of paper ... ...March 10th, 2010 from http://www.euthanasiaethics.com/cases-against-euthanasia.php Euthanasia Ethics (2009). Cases For Euthanasia [webpage].
As definition states, assisted suicide is the suicide of a patient suffering from an incurable disease. Assisted suicide originated so that a terminally ill patient could be aided with his/her intentions of suicide. (Webster, 2011) Also to give the patient an opportunity to die on their own terms. Euthanasia also plays a key role in assisted suicide. Euthanasia has to be required by a conscious patient suffering from an irreversible afﬂiction inducing physical and/or psychological suffering, with no hope for improvement or for rapid spontaneous death; request for euthanasia has to be written by the patient or by his (her) representative who has no interest in the patient death.
This shows that people understand and sympathize with the pain a loved one can feel. It is for the reasons above that I believe that euthanasia should be legalized under the premise that the patient must have terrible quality of life and be suffering from a terminal illness and that a physician will administer the injection under the direction of two other physicians as to stop the possibility of misdiagnoses. I also believe that a person who has been in a coma or on life support but still has no chance of survival also have the right to euthanasia. Euthanasia is a hotly debated topic as it can make someone questions their deepest belief into what they believe is the meaning of living.
2- Doctors may give a wrong diagnosis to a patient, and the patient may choose to go with euthanasia believing that they have a terminal illness. 3- Scientists would be discouraged to research new cures for terminal illnesses. Yet another popular argument against euthanasia is the medical ethics argument. Opponents of euthanasia quote a piece from the International Code of Medical Ethics that states 'A doctor must always bear in mind the obligation of preserving human life from conception '. They believe that legalizing euthanasia would encourage health professionals to abandon their empathy and compassion, and consider ending patients’ lives as just a routine administrative task.
Euthanasia, which is also referred to as mercy killing, is the act of ending someone’s life either passively or actively, usually for the purpose of relieving pain and suffering. “All forms of euthanasia require an intention to accelerate death in order to benefit patients experiencing a poor quality of life” (Sayers, 2005). It is a highly controversial subject that often leaves a person with mixed emotions and beliefs. Opinions regarding this topic hinge on the health and mental state of the victim as well as method of death. It raises legal issues as well as the issue of morals and ethics.
According to the author, “Indeed, physician-assisted suicide implies not a resistance to but an extension of medical power over life and death” (Salem). There are various reasons as to why medical assisted suicide could be viewed as wrong, but it should be the patient’s choice on how they want to relinquish life. In order to understand euthanasia the person must know the true meaning, “The literal translation of euthanasia from Greek is good death” (Haigh). Doesn’t everyone want to die in a respectable and pain free death? Therefore, they are four countries and three states of The United States of America that have legalized physician assisted suicide (Vogel).