Patients shouldn’t have to experience the fear of being “trapped” on life support with “no control” (Manning 27). They should be permitted the opportunity to die with a sense of pride and dignity, not shame, pain and suffrage. To make anyone live longer against their will and is simply immoral. By denying patient the option of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide the government is vi... ... middle of paper ... ...ns. Patients should not be so medically ill that they are unable to make this decision.
Life is a blessing; therefore, people should cherish and preserve it as much as possible. Patients in critical situations such as dealing with a terminal illness should be able to decide whether they want to end their lives or to have a physician do it for them. An arguable debate is whether euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide should be legal in many parts of the world. The question has grown and raised concerns: should physician and medical experts end the life of a patient who wills it? Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide should become legal in the United States and other areas of the world because patients should not have to live life with an unbearable pain and suffer the whole time through it.
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.
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. Even though some argue that physician assisted suicide is not a humane way of dying it still stops the patient´s suffering and gives them peace of mind. Assisted suicide has been a debate for many years, and
If a patient is not seen to recover at any stage and, after all treatment possible, still remains incurable, then they should have the choice of euthanasia. Euthanasia would be a blessing to the critically ill patients and their families. However, under the above conditions I still can see where much abuse could occur resulting in euthanasia being seen as inhumane. If a patient who was depressed due to a feeling of pressure from home/friends/family the individual s choice for euthanasia would not be rational because there are treatments available to help deal with depression such as regular visits to a psychiatrist or the anti-depressants available from a medical practitioner. People must consider that euthanasia must be reasoned and not used as a temporary pain relief of something easily cured, but still what must be considered is what influence their can be on an individuals choice, example; pressure from family or feeling a burden.
Euthanasia is the practice of intentionally ending a life in order to relieve pain and suffering of any individual from an incurable disease. People who are against euthanasia believe that any individual suffering from an incurable disease should not be given the ability to end their suffering. According to Sherif Emil, “Legalizing euthanasia can become a slippery slope” (Emil). In other word, euthanasia will open the doors to those that will mistreat it and will cause a great amount of increase in deaths. But many for euthanasia would certainly take issue with the argument that it will not be a slippery slope but, that it will give the right to end the life of a terminal ill patient who is going to die a painful death.
Many opponents claim it to be medically wrong and backwards. In places where assisted dying is legal, physicians have a choice of whether or not to partake in the programs and supply life-ending medication. Some physicians refuse to, such as Dr. Kenneth Stevens, an opponent of assisted dying. He speaks of his reasons for his stance as a physician in relation to a patient with cancer requesting physician assisted dying, saying “I didn’t go into medicine to kill people. When a doctor writes a prescription, a prescription is a written order.
In the assisted suicide, a doctor prescribes a lethal dose of medication, making the means of death available but not participating in it. In euthanasia , the doctor himself or herself administers a fatal dose to a patient. There are ethical guidelines for euthanasia. When the following guidelines are met, then euthanasia is considered acceptable. A person must be a mature adult.
A person who is deemed terminally ill should have the choice to end their life when they choose. If physician assisted suicide, also known as PAD was illegal in the forty-eight other states the suicide rates might be lowered. Under the constitutional law, a person is an independent being with the right to self- determination. Meaning the person should be able to make a self choice even if it does lead to death. If PAS was considered legal a dying person would not have to face a slow, painful and humiliating period of awaiting their biological death.
Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide To die or not to die, that is not the question if you've been diagnosed with a terminal disease in America. The question is how. Should you be forced to suffer all the pain the disease brings, or should your doctor be able to legally help you die in a peaceful, painless way? That is the question that the Supreme Court, religious groups, physicians, and many others are trying to answer. The problem is that it doesn't have a clear answer.