But while some may say that physician assisted suicide is immoral and impractical because it deserts the hope for further healing, patients who are at death’s door should have the right to die with dignity with the aid of a practicing physician as an alternative to continually living with the burden of a terminal illness. Allowing physician assisted suicide to be an option for terminally ill patients alleviates the suffering that they may have to endure. How can the government make a decision to keep aching patients from alleviating their pain? The incident of Matthew Donnelly illustrates the perfect case of a patient whose suffering had gone on too long: Matthew’s job of working with x-ray research had left him with skin cancer that slowly deteriorated his entire body. With an estimate of only a year left to live, Matthew Donnelly laid in bed in excruciating pain for days.
Euthanasia is the painless killing of a patient who is suffering from a painful and incurable disease. There are several types of euthanasia that a patient can go through. The first type is known as voluntary euthanasia. This is when the patient has fully agreed to giving up their life and is usually suffering from a disease that is inflicting unbearable pain upon them. The patient refuses to take their medication, they will not eat, or they request that their life support machines be shut down.
Getting any confusion out of the way of PAS and Euthanasia is important. There are a few differences. First, Euthanasia is a treatment that the doctor literally takes the critically ill patients life. While, PAS is where the doctor gives the patient the means and information, and the patient takes the treatment themselves. Euthanasia results in critically ill patients dying, even without their consent, to end suffering.
For now the law says that a physician cannot assist suicide; this law affects those who are already dying from incurable diseases. This law is causing suffering amongst those citizens with intolerable diseases, depriving the people of a human right, and causing debt that could be fixed. Euthanasia is the painless killing of a patient, and I believe that it should be legal in every way possible. Many argue against the pro stance of euthanasia due to moral views, but they are limiting their mindset to not think of the people who are in pain every single day. James Rachels, a professor of moral philosophy writes in Bioethics “the distinction between active and passive euthanasia is thought to be crucial for medical ethics” (77).
Sarah Hughes English -102-13 November 1,2015 Mark Dudick To treat or not to treat Euthanasia/ physician assisted suicide is a hard topic to decide if you are for or against it. I would have to choose for because people with terminally ills should have the right to die if they want to or live. I believe that aid death has been around for a long time. for example, when someone is in a coma or vegetative stage and the doctor believe the best is to end their suffering , so they give the lethal injection or they will put a Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) on the patient. I believe that pathos and logos going to be a big part of this topic.
There are many different point of views on Euthanasia and whether or not it should be legalized. Many believe that since it is our bodies and our lives, we have the right to choose when we no longer want to live. On the other hand, there are great amounts of people who believe that euthanasia is considered murder and is not ethical. “One thing on which we all agree is that there is a true national crisis that surrounds the way Americans are dying” (Dr. Ira Byock.) The purpose of this paper is not to support either side, rather this paper will discuss what euthanasia really is, the past of euthanasia, and both the positive and negative sides of euthanasia.
With three other states currently trying to approve a bill that will grant ill patient with the choice of assisted suicide, as well as the statistical finding that majority of Americans have no problem with PAS when it ties in with terminally ill patient, I think it is time for it to be legalized all over the states. The reason i want this to be accomplished is due to the patient’s right of life and death, it is perfectly legal for patients to legally refuse treatment so PAS should not be illegal, and in a way is a humane way to end someone life. To appease both side, I believe there should be tough restriction when it comes with PAS. I think the model from your home state (the Death with Dignity Act) sets up a perfect compromise because it has restrictions such as an age limit, only allowing patients with a terminal illness that will lead to death within six months, and the capability of the patient to make sound decision that will clearly make both sides satisfy. As a congressman ... ... middle of paper ... ...o Access Them.” Death with Dignity National Center.