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.
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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.
We Have the Right to Choose Euthanasia Euthanasia is the term for opting to die under circumstances, which lead to it being a gentle and easy death. Euthanasia should be an option for the suffering patient, although certain conditions and laws should be implemented on this issue so that both for and against arguments are considered. My opinion leans toward euthanasia being legal although I can understand the critical issues in relation to this practice that cause conflict within the community. The decision for life is entirely up to the suffering individual. Only under a qualified psychiatrist should there be any influence on an individuals ability to make that decision.
In addition, Wikipedia states "The process is set forth in law, including the requirements that the patient must be of sound mind when requesting assisted suicide, as confirmed by a doctor and other witnesses, and the patient must be diagnosed with a terminal illness." Some people believe that physician assisted suicide is murder while others believe physician assisted suicide should be available to terminally ill patients. Micheal H. White, a member of the board of Death With Dignity Education Center, and past-co-chair of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Bioethics Committee, states that physician assisted suicide relieves the patie... ... middle of paper ... ...4. Quill, Timothy E. "Progress in the Last Decade." The Hastings Center.
Though some states such as Oregon, Washington, and Vermont, allow euthanasia. This is by the Death with Dignity Act; whereas some individuals can ask for rapid death if they are terminally ill. Now this Act has eliminated every other factor that was interfering in the “Right to Euthanasia” decision, religion still stays as a factor. Individuals should have the right to euthanasia (and assisted suicide); one’s religious belief should not hold back their decision, and have them suffer until natural death. Euthanasia is not a painful way of dying, there are types that are just like taking life support off or giving poison, that can kill soothingly. It is a quick and peaceful way to die during a terminally illness situation.
The Bill of Rights state in the eighth amendment, “ nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted”, so would it be considered cruel inflicted punishment to deny a person with a terminal illness and a few agonizing months to live the right to end their suffering sooner? A health care professional takes an oath to preserve life and wellness so assisting a person with suicide would jeopardize their ethical and moral duty to their profession. Also, take into consideration if it is appropriate that assisted suicide holds up the health professional ethical principles of beneficence, and autonomy for the patient. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Humans can not choose they way they were bought into this world, so shouldn’t the way you exit be your decision not the government; especially when you are dying of a terminal illness slowly?