Euthanasia today can be described as a physician or others ‘killing’ of a suffering patient in attempt to accelerate death and relieve pain. In the game of life and death: life is the most obvious answer one would think. However, this is not always the case. Euthanasia or assisted suicide is an extremely controversial topic of today. It has the minds of society wondering if death solves some of the most extreme medical problems.
Euthanasia The right to die with dignity, euthanasia and physician assisted suicide is a very sensitive issue debated in this country today. Euthanasia is the act of painlessly ending the life of a person for the reason of mercy. It is sometimes referred to as mercy killing. Americans are hearing more and more horror stories of the elderly tragically killing his or her spouse in order to avoid painful and horrible deaths. It is sad and amazing the extreme measure one had to go through to accomplish his or her death.
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.
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.
Euthanasia can also be defined as any killing carried out by medical means or by medical personnel; whether intended for the termination of suffering or indignity of a life not worth living. A standard definition of euthanasia is the intentional putting to death of a person with an incurable or painful disease. No matter how the term is defined, it is intentional suicide and it is wrong (Keown75). When terminally ill patients are considering euthanasia, common questions arise such as: Whose right is it anyway? What do those rights entail?
One is if the person has an advanced terminal illness that is causing unbearable suffering to th... ... middle of paper ... ...ce the existence of laws. Throughout the past century, many individuals and groups have tried to legalize such action but were always confronted with a cry of, "That's immoral and always has been!" In our current society, one of new and open viewpoints, shouldn't we allow people the right to die? Since suicide by one's own hand, truly a death of vulgar means, is legal, why should a much more peaceful and sensible form be outlawed? People seeking euthanasia have experienced pain unimaginable to the common human.
It is important to differentiate between the various terms used in discussing euthanasia. Passive Euthanasia refers to removing some form of life support which allows nature to take its course. Forms of life support include: removing life support machines, stopping medical procedures and medications, stopping food and water, or not delivering cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Active Euthanasia refers to causing the death of a person through a direct action, in response to a request from the person. Physician Assisted Suicide refers to a physician supplying information and/or the means of committing suicide to a person, so that he/she can easily end his/her own life.
To be or not to be is not the question, but rather you must first assume that you soon won’t be and go from there; Should a terminally ill person request assisted dying in dignity with little pain, or die naturally? Should this be a choice they are allowed to make? Should terminally ill people be able to ask this question and have their wishes be fulfilled whichever way they answer? Assisted dying is full of nuances; disagreements and differences on the subject range from finding an accepted name for it (assisted dying, physician assisted suicide, euthanasia, death with dignity, etc.) to the method and implementation of a patient’s end-of-life (differences in drugs and procedure).
One of the most important public policy debates today surrounds the issues of euthanasia and assisted suicide. There are actually two types of Euthanasia, one being “voluntary", where the person dying has made a request for it. 2nd kind of euthanasia is “non-voluntary", where a person, who has not made her wishes on this matter be known, is put to death; such as people in a coma. The main question in voluntary Euthanasia is should a person wanting to kill themselves be allowed to get assistance from a doctor. In my mind I don’t see anything wrong with a doctor helping a person that wants to kill themselves.
Euthanasia as Mercy or Murder "In keeping with the root definition of 'euthanasia'- literally [meaning] 'good death'- [supporters] of euthanasia insist they are talking about helping terminally ill patients in insufferable pain die a dignified death- at the patient's request. But this bears no resemblance to the true picture of the actual practice of euthanasia in the United States" (Lyons np). Passive euthanasia is death by nonintervention, meaning a health care worker can discontinue providing life-sustaining treatment to the patient, thus allowing him to die more quickly. "In all actuality, [passive] euthanasia often involves withholding food and water from a patient whose death is caused by starvation or dehydration rather than the patient's underlying disease" (Lyons np). In active euthanasia, a physician or family member takes the life of a patient by means of lethal injection, before he or she dies of a terminal illness or injury.