Is the role of a medical professional to ensure the well-being of their patients, or to assist them in ending their lives? Many people may believe that physicians would never perform the latter, but in actuality one practice does so. Physician assisted suicide is the intentional ending of one’s life brought on by lethal substances prescribed by a doctor. In the majority of cases, the patient is terminally ill and simply does not desire to live any longer. Their physician provides the medication necessary to end their life.
Euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide should be legal and the government should not be permitted to interfere with death. “The most good is done by allowing people to carry out their own affairs with as little intrusion by government as possible” (Gittelman 372). Dying is a part of life and since it is your body you should have complete and full control over it. Euthanasia and physician assisted suicide should be available for patients because they have the right to choses there “final exit”(Manning 26). Patients shouldn’t have to experience the fear of being “trapped” on life support with “no control” (Manning 27).
Is it ethical to let a terminally ill patient be put to death? God is the only one that can decide when to take a life away. No person nor doctor should perform assisted suicide, it is taking away the most incredible thing we experience: life. Those who support euthanasia may believe it is okay to practice this so called type of medicine, because their patients are terminally ill and by ending their life, they are not ending some beautiful gift but instead ending the patient’s misery. Another argument by people in favor of assisted suicide is that if the patient and the family both agree, then there really is no harm in carrying out the patients last wishes.
The doctors have tried to keep Christina’s pain under control, but with all the medicine the slightest touch feels like razor blades scraping her skin. Being a terminal patient is rather difficult to come to terms with, leaving unpaid bills behind, losing bodily control, and having family watch them die a slow painful death. Incidentally Christiana does not live in one of the four states that offer Physician Assisted Suicide. Physician Assisted Suicide should be legalized in all states because it is a freedom of choice, ceases one’s pain and suffering and decreases traditional suicide rates. Physician Assisted Suicide is a freedom of choice.
You can try to block them out, or you can strive to make them better. My proposal is to end euthanasia and physician assisted suicides. I believe that this treatment of life is wrong, and can be solved in other ways. Victims of depression, dementia, terminal illnesses, and personal reasons individuals find to die should not be relieved of their condition through injection. The option should not even be available.
There are concerns that the legalization of this will bring forth deaths for the wrong reason. It’s not that people don’t deserve the right to die, it’s that people don’t deserve to feel like they have to die. Everyone deserves the right to make a decision on his or her own, and no one should have to suffer; with that though, no one should have to feel like this is the easy way out. This is about the fact that making physician assisted suicide legal could put unneeded pressure on these patients. We have to think about the less fortunate, the lonesome, and the outcasts.
On the other hand, death is the natural part of human nature and nobody has the right to decide when to die or live not even the doctor. Physician-assisted suicide may lead to abuse by relatives or friends who have ulterior motives other than the wish of the person to get well. Legalization of euthanasia might lead to assaults on individual autonomy, which means it will be abused by people; that is people might be placed in terrible conditions intentionally by their friends, relatives or families and then suggest to the doctor that their lives be terminated since the individual cannot function as a human being. It might end up being a substitute for rational therapeutic, psychological, and social interventions, which could have otherwise enhanced the quality of life for patients who are dying. There is now even evidence that the legalization of assisted suicide in the Northern Territory in Australia has undermined the people's trust in the medical care system (Levine 2012).
Euthanasia is when someone tries to end another person’s life with the intention to end their suffering. Furthermore, when someone requests this from a doctor, obviously they have a reason for wanting to end their life and no one should have the opportunity to take that right away from them. To continue, every person possesses the right to ask for physician assisted suicide and governments don’t have the right to take that away from ... ... middle of paper ... ... that patient and their families financially and it helps the hospitals as well plus it rids them of their suffering for good. Many people believe that physician suicide devalues human life, but allowing someone to die peacefully on their own terms has been far better than watching them be miserable for months. Sure this topic is a little gruesome to talk about, but as a human being, everyone gets to live their life the way they want to.
This is the same as what these terminally ill patients are doing when they are choosing euthanasia. It is not suicide. Benjamin Corey, journalist for the Time, stated, “It seems disingenuous to force someone to choose between two ways of dying and then turn on them in judgment for picking the least painful of the two options” (Corey). They’re either going to die in pain from their terminal illness or die a more peaceful death surrounded by their loved ones. Physician-assisted suicide will always continue to be a controversial issue as to whether it should be legal or not.
So have them to choose between life and death, is an option and a decision they finally make. However, God will have mercy on those who are ill and suffering from dangerous disease. Finally, a last opinion held by those who disagree is that they’re completely against assisted suicide and euthanasia because there’re better way to address the needs of people with serious illnesses. Is to surround patients with love, support, and companionship those will heal the patients. Leaving their loved ones will be left alone and blame them selves of what happen to the patients.