A controversial practice that invokes a debate over how beneficial its intentions are is the use of euthanasia. The argument switches between whether or not putting terminally ill patients to death with the assistance of a physician is justifiable and right. Legalizing the practice of euthanasia is a significant topic among many people in society, including doctors and nurses in the medical field, as it forces people to decide where to draw the line between relieving pain and simply killing. While some people see euthanasia as a way to helping a patient by eliminating their pain, it is completely rejected by others who see it as a method of killing. The word euthanasia is usually looked at with one of two completely different perspectives.
“I will follow that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous. I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce abortion.” The intent of a doctor is one that should be pure and selfless, one that should prolong the life of a patient, not terminate it. In the noble profession of medicine, there have been great controversies that have left one world split into two. Euthanasia, by definition, is the “painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma.” The practice of assisting
For example, Smith’s personal feelings are further seen in his statement saying “Supporting another’s self-destruction … sends an unintentional but clear message to the person: Yes, your life is no longer worth living; you are a burden; you are better off dead (and we’re better off with you dead, too)” (Smith 8). Smith is basically and obviously testing the reader’s soft-heartedness with this statement by suggesting that one might think this at one point in the chaos of your loved one being sick. It strongly shows that making the best and most accurate choice of care after being done with treatments, that are not working any longer, is critical. Even though Smith disagrees with the care choice that Caplan suggests and thinks there are plenty of better options, Smith is still respectful towards Caplan and doesn’t bash him for his views. Smith suggests and believes in giving terminally ill patients both hope and the care of Hospice.
“An assisted dying law would not result in more people dying, but in fewer people living.” This quote by Richard Branson shows the reasons behind assisted suicide. Assisted suicide is an option in certain places that allows patients that are suffering to end their pain through a physicians assisted death. When people have to make an end of life decision, one must take into account the patients suffering, the patient 's quality of life and how much the family suffers while making the decision. The patients should be allowed to have a physicians assisted suicide because of how much the patient suffers. A patient undergoes physical, emotional and psychological pain during treatments.
Euthanasia enables individuals to make a tough decision, but a decision that should be up to an individual to make; whether a terminally ill individual wants to die should be their decision without an outsider’s input. Euthanasia gives a terminally ill individual the opportunity to end the misery they feel they are in. As human beings, we are constantly expected to make decisions for ourselves. If an individual wants to die, it should be their decision and
The tem ethics refers to the moral principles that guide a person’s behavior, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of their actions. In the field of nursing, these moral principles govern the relationship between the nurse and the patient, members of the healthcare team, and society at large. Nurses must constantly question whether a certain procedure or course of treatment is in the best interest of the patient. When viewing the film “Miss Evers’ Boys”, it was clear that the doctors, researchers, and even Miss Evers were not acting in the best interest of all the patients. This movie depicted true events of a study that took place in Macon County, Alabama, in 1932.
It may seem obvious, but a person who is in a vegetative state needs a lot of care. This may cause the person to feel like a burden to the nurses and family members that take care of them while they remain in that vegetative state. This film accurately portrays this when Ramón explains to Rosa that one of the main reasons he wishes to be euthanized is that he seems to be a bother to his family. His family, of course, assures him that they do it out of love and do not mind the work, yet Ramón still believes it’s effort that they should not have to put it. This really shows one of the many insecurities that a person in this state might have.
Euthanasia has always been a prominent controversial topic, but it is getting even more popular because of the effectiveness of modern technology keeping people alive and some of those people do not want to stay alive. There are two main types of euthanasia, passive and active. Passive euthanasia (PE) is when the person wants to die and then they succeed in dying from their illness because they do not want to accept treatment or stops their current treatment. One of the most common examples of PE is when someone makes the decision to pull the plug of some form of technology keeping that person alive. On the other hand, active euthanasia (AE) is when there is a more active involvement from the doctor where the action causes the death of the
It turned out that it has two sides about the point of view towards the euthanasia issue in a positive and negative ways. Although some people against these ideas and claim that it is an unacceptable manner, I certainly disagree about that because it can be proved that the euthanasia is one of the most peaceful ways to escape the great pain for dying people. Euthanasia can be one of the way to relieve the pain and suffering for dying people. As everyone knows that people who have to struggle with the terminal illness always end up in physical and psychological suffering, so some of them wanted to die before the pain is getting worse. According to the news of the Telegraph in 2008 which reported about Val McKay, the British woman who was diagnosed with the multiple sclerosis.
We should have the courage to question our whole social project and remake it, rather than take this final step into darkness" Euthanasia is not harming the human race; it is helping the human race instead. If we just look at the case from different angles, we would probably see how beneficial it is, in this traumatic life. Perhaps life might seem to be hard for us sometimes but there are people out there who really are suffering and desperately need to die. It is the latter prohibitive form that condemns active euthanasia" Although the opponents' statement might be right but in some critical cases, it is does not work. Euthanasia is giving people the rest that they desperately need.
The Hippocratic Oath states: “I will keep the sick from harm and injustice. I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect.” Many doctors stand firmly by the Hippocratic Oath and believe that they should not stray from these beliefs. By legalizing and allowing assisted suicide, every physician
Some believe that this undermines the role of a physician as a healer. This argument is somewhat valid, but still should not make Physician Assisted Suicide illegal. The way I see it, a physician is always there to help it may be killing but the Physician is just prescribing the dose and the patient takes the pill on his/her own. Another argument is that a physician who helps a patient commit suicide, breaks the trust and bonds between a patient and his/her doctor. Again, we have a valid point.
Ethical Dilemma Something that western society has always put an emphasis on autonomy of the individual. The purpose of physician assisted suicide being legalized is to put an emphasis on the individual and their wishes. Immanuel Kant believed that humans were born with a natural instinct of right and wrong. According to Kant, the act of suicide to escape a difficult situation will be ruled immoral (Friend, 2011). The end would defy self-love and self-preservation so Kant permits no exceptions because the act of killing will never become a universal law of nature (Friend, 2011).
In the field of nursing practice nurses frequently experience situations which encourage them to think about ethical and legal aspects to make decisions. In this case study author will examine different ethical principles and legal possibilities which could be applied to make decision. In this case, a nurse is suffering from debilitating motor neuron disease. She realise that disease is progressive and in short time she will be in last stage of disease. She is worried about emotional and financial effects of disease on her family.
The options that patients can seek to end their life is never an easy conversation or topic, especially with the opinions of family and friends constantly surrounding the patient as well. However, the negative views of this practice seem to overshadow the positive and assumptions are made that Physician-assisted suicide is an impractical way of ending a life. This practice is deemed as the worst from views of ethics, religion, medical practice, and more. However, it is an option and an option that does not have to be chosen if not wanted. That is what is ignored, but that is what people need to realize.