Physician Assisted Suicide ( Pas )

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Physician-Assisted Suicide Imagine, if you will, that you have just found out you have a terminal medical condition. Doesn’t matter which one, it’s terminal. Over the 6 months you have to live you experience unmeasurable amounts of pain, and when your free of your pain the medication you’re under renders you in an impaired sense of consciousness. Towards the 4th month, you begin to believe all this suffering is pointless, you are to die anyways, why not with a little dignity. You begin to consider Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS). In this essay I will explain the ethical decisions and dilemmas one may face when deciding to accept the idea of Physician-Assisted Suicide. I will also provide factual information pertaining to the subject of PAS and testimony from some that advocate for legalization of PAS. PAS is not to be taken lightly. It is the decision to end one’s life with the aid of a medical physician. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary states that PAS is “Suicide by a patient facilitated by means (as a drug prescription) or by information (as an indication of a lethal dosage) provided by a physician aware of the patient’s intent.” PAS is considered, by our textbook – Doing Ethics by Lewis Vaughn, an active voluntary form of euthanasia. There are other forms of euthanasia such as non-voluntary, involuntary, and passive. This essay is focusing on PAS, an active voluntary form of euthanasia. PAS is commonly known as “Dying/Death with Dignity.” The most recent publicized case of PAS is the case of Brittany Maynard. She was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in California, where she lived. At the time California didn’t have Legislative right to allow Brittany the right to commit PAS so she was transported to Oregon where PAS is legal.... ... middle of paper ... ...for an aid-in-dying drug, shall submit two oral requests, a minimum of 15 days apart, and a written request to his or her attending physician. The attending physician shall directly, and not through a designee, receive all three requests required pursuant to this section. Some people will struggle with conflicting ethical theories such as the Divine Command Theory which states that the morally right action is the one that God commands. Or others may struggle with their view of Natural Law which states the morally right action is the one that follows the dictates of nature. These are all valid and acceptable ethical standpoints, however, no one knows what they would do being faced with a short determined future of pain and decline. Ethical Egoism is the one theory a true decision would come down to, what’s the best action that provides one with the best self-interest.

In this essay, the author

  • Explains the ethical dilemmas one may face when deciding to accept the idea of physician-assisted suicide (pas).
  • Explains brittany's decision to commit pas was for the greater good of her and her loved ones. the ethical theory is ethical egoism, which states that the right action is the one that advances one’s own interests.
  • Explains that harold glucksberg is an assistant professor of medicine at the university of washington school of medicine and practices oncology at pacific medical center.
  • Explains that in california, an individual seeking to obtain a prescription for an aid-in-dying drug, must submit two oral requests, 15 days apart, and written requests to his or her attending physician.

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