Physician Assisted Suicide

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Physician assisted suicide

Physician assisted suicide, a suicide made possible by a physician providing a patient with the means to kill themselves, and euthanasia, the kindness of taking individual life by the physician, is an extremely debatable topic.

Nonetheless, I am certain that there are some basic agreements that argue both for and against Physician assisted suicide and euthanasia, and when they are evaluated against each other there is a much solider case for prohibiting the Physician assisted suicide than for legalizing them.

To begin, though, it is important to point out that prohibiting the practice in our society requires greater effort and argument than letting one. This is a significance of the value we place on the rights and freedoms of the individual, because individual freedom is so significant, a convincing reason must be given to overrule it. Because the results of a decision on Physician assisted suicide are so intensely personal. The individual has a basic right to determine the course of their own life, and obviously death is a part of that course (Dworkin, p. 265). So then, in order to show that Physician assisted suicide should be legalized, one must simply show that there is no reason for them to be considered illegal.

One of the arguments which are often used in favor of banning Physician assisted suicide and euthanasia is that it legitimizes suicide. If suicide and physician assisted suicide become legal rights, the belief that people attempting suicide are unhinged and in need of psychological help, tolerated out by many studies and years of experience, and would be reversed. Those seeking suicide would be legally entitled to be left alone to do something irreversible, based on a slanted asse...

... middle of paper ... into our hands when life will end,” he says. “That’s the Creator’s decision.”

At the same time, the church recognizes that a dying person has the moral option to refuse extraordinary treatments that only minimally prolong life. “The predominant distinction or criteria for legitimate refusal of treatment is whether the treatment in question is considered proportionate or disproportionate,” Di Camillo says. This means patients can legitimately forgo “treatment that doesn’t give a reasonable hope of physical or spiritual benefit, such as resuscitating someone who is at the very end of life,” he says.

Works Cited

"Religion and Spirituality." Death with Dignity National Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Apr. 2014.

"Religious Groups' Views on End-of-Life Issues." Pew Research Centers Religion Public Life Project RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Apr. 2014.

In this essay, the author

  • Opines that there are basic agreements that argue both for and against physician assisted suicide and euthanasia.
  • Argues that prohibiting the practice in our society requires greater effort and argument than letting one. the result of a decision on physician assisted suicide is so intensely personal.
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