Arguments for Legalization of Physician-Assisted Dying

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PAD is the most debated moral issue, where the stances taken by various stakeholders are either for or against the issue. Since, Nurses put the patients’ decision first, most nurses advocate for the legalization of the PAD. Despite, Palliative care aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying, most patients with a progressive life-threatening illness wish to end their life with some medical help. This desire needs to be respected, for patients deserve the peace of mind and improved quality of life that comes with knowing that a peaceful and dignified PAD will be an available choice, when the suffering becomes intolerable (BCCLA, 2015). In situation where legislation restricts the client to resort to PAD, people find different ways to end their life to eliminate the unbearable suffering, even if that means choosing a violent and risky death. Therefore, it is arguable that if these kind of violent methods are acts of desperation, then why not consider a peaceful method of ending life through medical help? Accepting PAD does not necessarily encourage suicide or …show more content…

Nurses take an active role in advocacy and policy development regarding assisted death and other end of life choices. Through the help of advance care planning, nurses has helped patient think about what gives their life a meaning, learn about medical procedure offered at end-of-life care, help them communicate about their future health care wishes, choosing a person who would speak for them when they cannot speak for themselves and recording goals and wishes. The role of the nurse in end-of-life care is very crucial, they might be getting more queries on physician-assisted death. So, it is significant for nurses to understand the law and professional standard for better continuity of care and also to protect themselves against potential

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