Physician Assisted Suicide

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  • Euthanasia

    Euthanasia or mercy killing is the act of ending the life of a person suffering from terminal illness, a crippling physical ailment or grave wounds. Euthanasia often takes the form of physician-assisted suicide, carried out by withholding medical treatment and/or disconnecting life-support systems.

    Euthanasia is a controversial practice and evokes visceral reactions in its supporters and opponents. It has attracted the attention of doctors, scientists and mental health experts since the 19th century.

    Currently, euthanasia is legally sanctioned in five countries – Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Luxembourg and the Netherlands; while assisted suicide is allowed by law in Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, the state of Victoria (Australia) as well as the U.S. states of Maine, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Vermont, Colorado, California, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. In all other countries, euthanasia is illegal and offenders often face a jail sentence.

    In countries where euthanasia or assisted suicide are legal, most cases are of people with incurable illnesses such as cancer or those suffering from unbearable and untreatable medical conditions and have only weeks or months to live. In some countries, adults can choose to end their lives for psychiatric conditions such as depression, Asperger’s syndrome, personality disorder and early-stage dementia.

    Euthanasia can be classified as:

    • Voluntary – When conducted with the patient’s consent
    • Non-voluntary – When conducted on a person who is unable to consent due to their condition. In this case, consent is provided by an appropriate person on behalf of the patient
    • Involuntary – When conducted on a person capable of providing informed consent, but who does not do so, either because they were not asked or because they do not want to die. This is known as murder because it is usually against the person’s will

    The following compilation of euthanasia essays examine the subject and its medical, legal, ethical as well as philosophical aspects.

  • Physician Assisted Suicide

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    states that offer Physician Assisted Suicide. Physician Assisted Suicide should be legalized in all states because it is a freedom of choice, seizes one’s pain and suffering and decreases traditional suicide rates. Physician Assisted Suicide is a freedom of choice. According to ecologist John Barlow “Exercising choice over the time and place of one’s death, once death is a certainty and there is no hope, is the ultimate personal dignity” (McCuen153). Considering Physician Assisted Suicide offers people

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    Should physicians be able to assist patients who are terminally ill end their lives? Physician assisted suicide is a very controversial subject. In today’s society, people who commit suicide are known as “insane,” a person who takes prescription pills is known as a “drug addict” or “criminal.” However, when a doctor honors a patient’s request for a lethal dose of medicine, (which the patient will inject themselves) to end their life in peace is considered to be a murderer. However, when a physician

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    Physician Assisted Suicide Physician Assisted Suicide Physician assisted suicide is murder. Using euthanasia, increased dosage of morphine or injecting patient’s with a lethal combination of drugs to slow his/her breathing until he/she dies is also murder. Physician assisted suicide is morally wrong. The classical theory for physician assisted suicide is utilitarianism because according to Mosser 2010, “utilitarianism is an ethical theory that determines the moral value of an act in

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    allowed the physician to aid the dying of the patients that has the terminally illness, the state of New Mexico will potentially become the 5th state in the United States after Oregon, Washington, Montana and Vermont. This issue soon become the most eye-catching issues recently and brought up the debate of such issue along with the medical ethics, religions and human rights that was already goes along for decades, and this article will contain the argument that why should the physician-assisted suicide

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    Physician-assisted suicide It is difficult to make a decision on someone’s life without being in his or her situation. That is why the topic of physician-assisted suicide is a challenging one. Each patient is unique and should have his or her individual situation looked at separately from everyone else, because patients respond to their individual diseases differently. Unfortunately, there can only be one law that governs all. When all facts are taken into consideration, the side of illegalizing

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    However, in recent times, advancements in science and technology are helping to rewrite certain ethics concerning the life of another. Certain places, a few states within the United States, have deemed passive euthanasia ethical but leave physician assisted suicide and active euthanasia hanging in the balance because of disputes of whether or not doctors are violating their most important ethical code of conduct, that is to "Do no harm." ​The patient is the person most affected by the decision to

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    legal for physicians in the state to prescribe lethal doses of medications if their terminally ill patients wish to end their lives. Brown signed the "End of Life Act" into law on Monday, and in doing so California joins four other states — Oregon, Washington, Vermont and Montana — where patients' right to choose doctor-assisted death is protected either by law or court order."

  • Physician-Assisted Suicide

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    Physician-Assisted Suicide In today's society, a very controversial issue is physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients. Many people feel that it is wrong for people, regardless of their health situation, to ask their doctor or attendant to end their life. Others feel it is their right to be able to choose how and when they die. When a doctor is asked to help a patient to their death, they have certain responsibilities that come along with it. Among these duties, they must

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    Physician Assisted Suicide A poll in 1999 found that 52% of Americans though that Kevorkian should have been found guilty on some charge, while only 27% said that he was not guilty. The survey also found that 45% of Americans have a positive opinion of Kevorkian while 36% have an unfavorable one. After being informed that Kevorkian does not have a license to practice medicine and that he supports the right of doctors to help healthy patients die, his approval rating dropped to 19%, while his