However, in recent decades, when a patient feels that his or her life is no longer worth living for, they will commonly ask for their physicians’ assistance in suicide. Many people feel that it is the physician’s moral responsibility to end the suffering of the patient, while others feel that it is unethical to interfere with a natural process of death. Physicians exist to save the lives of patients. Assisted suicide puts them in the position of ending lives and naturally creates arguments of ethicality and legality. Currently, physician-assisted suicide is illegal.
Even with morals put aside, Physician-assisted suicide should be illegal because it will be a huge violation of the oath every doctor must abide by, there would be no real way to distinguish between people who are suffering and the people who are faking or depressed, and it causes a lot of confusion to people with new diseases or new strands of disease that does not have a clear cure. Once physician- assisted suicide (PAS) is legalized, the Oath doctors take would be infringed upon. Allen states “Physician-assisted suicide is viewed as the most controversial types of euthanasia because it violates the Hippocratic Oath” (15). The oath consists of the doctors promising to keep the patients’ health and well-being first and try their best to keep their patients’ lives long and healthy until it is naturally their time to leave the world. (Allen 15).
There are many aspects of PAS that validate it is an unethical and murderous act. Every one should determine the value of his or her life, but someone of greater power, not the doctor, should determine death. Physician-assisted suicide will always be a moral and ethical dilemma in the health care world, but death should be as natural as birth. All religions and cultures disagree with the practice of suicide. Legalizing it now would only contradict years of tradition and laws that the medical profession worked hard to maintain.
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.
Assumptions and Points of View Legalize physician assisted suicide - Those that believe that physician assisted suicide should be legal primarily argue on the basis of patient autonomy and family considerations. The first argument, patient autonomy, states that terminally ill patients should have the right to control the circumstances of their death and to determine when t... ... middle of paper ... ... were to be legalized, there would likely be many protests by religious groups and others who believe that any kind of killing is wrong. Many religions feel that only God should decide when and how a person is to die, so would likely take great offense to its legalization. Another consequence would be felt by the insurance companies. It is much cheaper to pay for the drugs that would be used to end the life of a terminally ill patient than it would be to continue to pay for ongoing treatments.
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.
He could stay in the ICU, go to the pulmonary care unit, or turn off the feeding tubes and IV hydration. Turning off the tubes was the most difficult choice, but it was the best choice he had. There was no point in prolonging his suffering because death was inevitable. Statistics show that 100% of people who are born die eventually, but we still consider death a taboo. We don't talk about it.
Lois Snyder, Director of Center for Ethics at American College of Physicians, discusses reasoning aga... ... middle of paper ... ... drugs to help a terminally-ill patient end their life. Overall, suicide is displayed in the Oath as unethical, considering the Hippocratic author aims at preserving life and not harming the body. Therefore, if this document is used to influence modern medicine, it should be forbidden to allow physicians to assist patients in committing suicide using drugs or poisons. In conclusion, modern day ethics are beginning to stray away from traditional thoughts against suicide. It has now become a case of greed and selfishness when a person decides to take control of their own death with the help of a physician.
In this paper, I will discuss the three main position on this debate: that physician assisted suicide should be illegal, that physician assisted suicide should be limited to terminally ill patient, and that physician assisted suicide should be available for everyone. One position within the debate for physician assisted suicide is that it should not be legalized. Many defenders cite the issue of pain for this stance. They believe that the amount of suffering that a terminally ill patient is going through is deluding their minds. They also linked this distress towards clinical depression, the root that they say are causing them to want to ... ... middle of paper ... ...restriction is necessary and should be limited to only terminally ill patient to prevent abuse.
Those against PAS suggest that people with these types of illnesses might not have enough reasoning ability to make a logical... ... middle of paper ... ...t suicide professional who help their patients will be sued for murder under more laws. This is why, in order to protect the individual right patients have, there must be a law allowing doctors to assist their patients to achieve a peaceful death. To many, a law allowing people to end their lives, may be uncomfortable. Assisted suicide is a controversial measure to aid the suffering of terminally ill patients. But what one must analyze is that the only ones who can’t determine when is worth living are the suffering patients.