“Euthanasia”, also known as “mercy killing”, comes from the two Greek words for “good death”. It is the practice of ending a person’s life (legally) who is suffering from a terminal disease or is in a severe state where they do not have the consciousness to take care of themselves. () In the novel “Of Mice and Men”, by John Steinbeck, George kills Lennie so that Lennie has a peaceful death by the hands of his best friend rather than have him suffer by the hands of someone else, a more “informal” way of euthanasia. Euthanasia has its pros and cons but is greatly debated because it can be seen as unhuman and often considered as murder. The formal role of a doctor for euthanasia when a patient is on the verge of death, as described by physician William Hunk, is “We dismiss all thought of cure, or the prolongation of life, and our efforts are limited to the relief of certain urgent conditions, such as pain.” () Many physicians in the 1800’s - 1900’s considered euthanasia as a part of their job by helping patients achieve a peaceful death.
We all die in an innumerable amount of ways and our autonomous decision to choose Active Euthanasia or PAS should be respected as should our choice to refuse euthanasia. The act of killing a patient, who has chosen to have a quick death, in my opinion, does not have the same ethical implications as letting a patient die when that patient can no longer bear living. I conclude that it is usually better to kill a patient if their life has become unbearable and they foresee no recovery of an acceptable quality of life, rather than to prolong the life which is unwanted.
If a person is sick then they usually take medicine, which is a technological aid. We can compare giving a sick person medicine to giving a dying person life, but we can't stand in the way of the sick if they want to be sick. If a terminally sick person wants to die, we can't stand in their way either. Suicide is murder, and that is why it is against the law. Letting a dying person die and helping a dying person die are two different things.
¨ If I cannot give my consent to my own death, whose body is this? Who owns my life?- Sue Rodriguez. If one cannot choose when they die and how they go out, then are we really the owner of our life and body? Physician assisted suicide is the practice of providing a competent patient with a prescription for medication for the patient to use with the primary intention of ending his or her own life. When the patient is terminally ill and is in a lot of pain they should be able to end their own life instead of waiting for it to end itself.
If we agree that some people can choose when others would die this is murder in its entirety. Everything must be done to prevent death since life is valuable and desirable to pursue and possess. If one chooses to die this is termed as suicide and it’s not acceptable. It can be concluded that active euthanasia denies patients the right to live and should not be accept... ... middle of paper ... ...surers find euthanasia cheaper than extended medical care and due to this elderly people will be pressured to accept active euthanasia other than waiting for their day of death. Therefore, instead of active euthanasia palliative care should be considered since they do help in treatment of pain.
In my mind I don’t see anything wrong with a doctor helping a person that wants to kill themselves. It’s the persons right to live and if they want off our earth because of a disease or aging so be it. In the Non-voluntary case if a doctor sees the only way a person breathes is by medicine and machines and has no chance to regain normalcy in there life its probably be better off killing them. Even though killing a loved one will be hard but who wants to see that person suffer. I agree with Hemlocks approach on this issue.
The advocates believe that sick people who will die soon because of medical conditions should not be subjected to prolonged pain and physician-assisted suicide is the ethical way to do it. Dr. Timothy E. Quill stated that "Patients with serious illness wish to have control over their own bodies, their own lives, and concern about future physical and psychosocial distress. Some view potential access to physician-assisted death as the best option to address these concerns,". According to an end-of-life survey by the Pew Research Center (2013), 57% of the two thousand surveyed chose to end their lives via physician suicide if they had an incurable disease and were suffering a great deal of pain. Physician-assisted suicide should be legalized for the sole fact that it puts an end to someone`s miserable life.
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. Modern medicine has come very far in recent years but, unfortunately, it cannot take... ... middle of paper ... ...them to have to go through. Everyone should have the choice of what they want to do with their life. Assisted suicide would give them this option. Works Cited Coma Science Group.
If a patient is suffering intolerable pain day and night with no way of being cure shouldn’t they be allowed to end their lives by a legal law. Being put through ineffective medical treatments should not be encourage to terminally ill patients persuading them that they will be cure when they will only be prolonging their dying process. A patient who requests to be euthanized from suffering agony should be terminated upon request because it would e inhumane for some one to continue to be in pain. When a patient is at this point in his terminal illness doctors should be allowed to grant their patients whatever they desire to do with their lives. If a patient does not want to go living the suffering lifestyle he is forced to live in to get through a day a doctor can grant the patient their last wish.