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.
Every day thousands of people are turning to a controversial practice for solving their health problems. This unique “practice that ends the individuals life that is suffering from a terminal illness, disease, or an incurable condition by the means of lethal injection” (Emanuel) thus ceasing the persons life is called Euthanasia. Euthanasia is also referred to as a mercy killing, which is, “the act of putting to death painlessly or allowing to die, a person or animal suffering from an incurable, especially a painful, disease or condition”(Goel). The practice of Euthanasia has a long history that dates back centuries ago. However, it was not until 1906 when the first bill to legalize Euthanasia popped up on American soil.
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Physician assisted suicide/dying (PAD) is it good or bad? PAD is referred to when physician provides patients who are terminally ill with prescriptions of a lethal dose of medication, upon the patient’s request, which the patient intends to use to end their own life (Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2011); another option that is close to physician assisted suicide is Euthanasia. Euthanasia is the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals (as persons or domestic animals) in a relatively painless way for reasons of mercy (Merriam-Webster Dictionary, 2011). Physician assisted suicide / dying, is different from Euthanasia, the main difference on how the act is performed on ending the patient’s life. Physician assisted suicide the patient is the one who self-administers the lethal injection.
The two main lethal drugs that are used during physician assisted suicide are secobarbital and pentobarbital. Appropriate reporting is necessary when distributing these drugs and performing the suicide in order to publish an analysis. Studies found a large number of people accepted this procedure under certain circumstances; therefore, physician assisted suicide should be legal in the United States because terminally ill patients over the age of 18 that are... ... middle of paper ... ...e: Ongoing Challenges For Pharmacists.” American Journal Of Health-System Pharmacy 68.9 (2011): 846-849. CINAHL Plus with Full Text. Web.
PAS is a subset of euthanasia that occurs when a doctor of a patient engages in an activity, which directly or indirectly leads to their death (Levy et al., 2013). The doctor does this because of their humanistic desire to end the suffering of their patient. Althou... ... middle of paper ... ...sician-Assisted Suicide compatible with good end-of-life care. Journal of Applied Philosophy, 26, 27-45. Levy, T. B., Azar, S., Huberfeld, R., Siegel, A. M. & Strous, R. D. (2013).
The Supreme Court is allowing states to pass laws to legalize Physician-Assisted Suicide. Since then three states, Oregon, Washington, and Montana have made it legal to perform Phy... ... middle of paper ... ...urses 19.2 (2010): 121-125. MEDLINE. EBSCO. Web.
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Besides that according to the oxford dictionary sixth edition (1986) the definition of euthanasia is to” bring about gentle death especially in the case of incurable and painful disease”. According to the Journal of the Americans Medical Association (as cited in BBC,n.d) there are more than one way of defining good death(BBC,n.d). This means that good death is define according to one personal view of euthanasia or when he is in a situation that is critical to his health. Some people want to die a death that involves less pain. According to BBC(n.d) voluntary euthanasia happens when voluntary death is define as the request for mercy killing is done (BBC,n.d).
Should terminally ill people be allowed to decide rather or not they want to live in constant pain and suffering? “Physician-assisted death is defined as the physician providing the means for death, most often with a prescription. The patient not the physician will ultimately administer the lethal medication” (Braddock & Tonelli, 1998) To better explain physician-assisted suicide, a situation in which a patient kills him-or herself, using means which have been supplied by the physician, with the physician being aware that the patient will use those means for the purposes of suicide. Physicians are trained to heal the sick, care for the injured, and cure diseases. However, medical school does not prepare them when they cannot cure or heal their patient and the patient wants to die instead of living in constant pain.