The Pros And Cons Of Physician Assisted Suicide

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There are many convincing and compelling arguments for and against Physician Assisted Suicide. There are numerous different aspects of this issue including religious, legal and ethical issues. However, for the purpose of this paper, I will examine the ethical concerns on both sides. There are strong pro and con arguments regarding this and I will make a case for both. It is definitely an issue that has been debated for years and will continue to be debated in years to come. The word Euthanasia comes from the Greek and means “good death” ( and in the range of this paper, it will be called physician assisted suicide or “active” euthanasia. The definition of “active” euthanasia is ending one’s life yourself or with aid of a doctor. It can be done in various different ways; however, the most common form is with a combination of drugs, usually given by a physician. ( The reason Physician Assisted Suicide (or PAS) is an important issue in this country and around the world is that there are many people out there suffering from debilitating, incurable and intensely painful diseases that would like to end their lives with dignity and without suffering. (Leo & Lein, 2010, The Value of a Planned Death) There are a few key terms that may help you understand the issue better, as I explained above the term Euthanasia is Greek and means “good death”. There are different kinds of euthanasia, passive and active. Passive Euthanasia is when a doctor may without medical treatment that will result in a patient’s death, such discontinuing a feeding tube or having a do not resuscitate order. Active Euthanasia is taking specific steps to end a patient’s... ... middle of paper ... ...ent dies. However, if the terminally ill patient did not use PAS the end result is the same. The patient will eventually die. A patient having autonomy is one of the most important rights that we are given in this life. It should not be taken away because some believe that PAS is not justifiable suicide. If my solution (legalization of PAS) should become the law countrywide, this would be the best solution in the long run. There would not be patient’s suffering and desperate to end their life, there would be a way out. A way to end their life with dignity and to give their families some piece of mind. There are many situations and scenarios in our lives where decisions are taken out of our hands, one way or another. I feel that that the right to die should be a decision that each individual person should make (and be able to make) for themselves.

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