The Ethical Issue Of Euthanasia And Assisted Suicide

Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Euthanasia and assisted suicide is known as a process in which an individual (sick or disabled) engages in an act that leads to his or her own death with the help of physicians or family members to end pain and suffering. There are several other terms used for this process, such as active euthanasia or passive euthanasia. Active euthanasia refers to what is being done to actively end life while passive euthanasia is referred as eliminating a treatment that will prolong a patient’s life, which will eventually lead to death (Levy et al., 2103, p. 402). Euthanasia and assisted suicide pose a significant ethical issue today, and understanding the issue requires examining the different principles, such as the ethical issue, professional code of conduct, strength and limitations, autonomy and informed consent, beneficence and nonmaleficence, distribution, and confidentiality and truthfulness.
Ethical Issue Assisted suicide and euthanasia is a controversial issue all over the world, and it leads to debate as to whether or not an individual should be allowed to decide the moment and form of one’s death, along with the
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A need is a lack of something considered necessary (Baillie et al., 2013, p. 93). A patient that goes forward with euthanasia is considered to have a subjective need because it is a desire of the individual. The person desires assisted suicide because of the condition they are in and no longer want to be in that state. Contribution is the part played by a person in bringing about a result or helping something to advance. In this case, the healthcare professional is contributing to the patient’s wish of euthanasia by providing the medication needed. But, euthanasia itself is not considered a contribution to society because society does not produce anything with the effort of euthanasia. Therefore, there is nothing to distribute (Baillie et al., 2013, p.

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