Physician assisted suicide is by far one of the most controversial topics that has arose in the last decade. As such, there are many moral and ethical arguments both for and against the act of physician assisted suicide. Because of this, it is important to explore in detail the arguments made both in favor and against physician assisted suicide so that one can better grasp what exactly this sort of act entails. In his book “Understanding Assisted Suicide: Nine Issues to Consider”, Seattle University School of Law professor John B. Mitchell highlights many key points of why physician assisted suicide should be legalized. Mitchell challenges popular anti-physician assisted suicide arguments that rely on religion and the notion of God as the decider
Life is never guaranteed and whether it is through an illness or an accident, we as humans are eventually going to die. Physicians Assisted suicide is one of the most controversial issues. The issue of doctor-assisted suicide has been the subject of the heated dispute in recent years. While some oppose the idea that a physician should aid in ending a life, others believe that physicians should be permitted in helping a patient to end his or her unbearable suffering when faced with a terminal illness. Furthermore, Physician-assisted suicide should be legal; it should be the patient’s right to decide when and how he or she should die.
Although there are many positive aspects of medically assisted suicide, there are also many negative aspects. Those who disagree with assisted suicide feel as though it is unethical. How is it ever right for us to purposefully kill another human being. As a health care providers role, it is their duty to do whatever they can to maintain the wellness of their patient. According to 8 Main Pros and Cons of Legalizing Physician Assisted Suicide (2014), all health care providers must follow the Hippocratic Oath, which in it states that physicians are unable to give deadly medications to a patient, whether requested or not and they aren’t allowed to suggest it to a terminally ill patient either.
In passive euthanasia ill people dead by withholding of common treatment, such as antibiotics. In active euthanasia ill people dead by using lethal substances deliberately, such as lethal injection. Each type subdivided into 3 subordinate types, included voluntary, involuntary and non-voluntary. In voluntary euthanasia ill people initiatively request for their own death. Involuntary euthanasia ill people wants to live but is killed anyway.
That one solution is to get help. Getting help from someone to help you with any problem you have is the best way to solve the problem. A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn 't mean that help isn 't wanted. People who take their lives don 't want to die, they just want to stop hurting, and the only way to stop the hurt is to get help. Suicide prevention starts with recognizing the warning signs and taking them seriously.
If euthanasia is legalize, there might be a concern which poor patients and their family members refuse to accept treatment because of the high costing in order keeping them alive while the treatment will not guarantee that the patient will be cure. Therefore, some the them might choose to refuse treatment or even their family members do not want to spend the money on the treatment. Thus , legalize of euthanasia will serve death sentence to many disabled, elderly citizens and terminally ill patient and it might not their own will. 3.2 Euthanasia devalues human life It is one of reason why euthanasia should not be legalize. Proponents of euthanasia believe that it will do not degrades life for those who are suffering from incurable illness.
In and of itself, suicide is never a good option. Truly, most suicidal people have a mental disorder of depression, psychosis, or bipolar disorder. Yet, there are some that have what appear to be a viable reason for physician-assisted suicide. As in the cases of cancer patients, terminally ill patients, and even quadriplegic patients. These patients often have a good reason for wanting to end their life, and their suffering, with dignity and painlessness.
The assisted suicide refers to euthanasia for the patient who is suffering due to an incurable illness with help from the doctors to end patients suffering by taking of lethal drugs. Colombia, Switzerland, and Germany are some of the legal assisted suicide countries. Physicians cannot be prosecuted for prescribing medications to hasten death (“Physician-Assisted Suicide,” n.d.). Some individuals argue that assisted suicide could be better to become legal to endless patients suffering. However, it is argued that euthanized help patient to comfortable from doom.
People experiencing suicidal ideation or battling a mental disorder or substance abuse problem may neglect to seek treatment due to the embarrassment of the individual and their families. The plan designed by the U. S. Surgeon General and the NAASP desires to eliminate these feelings of loneliness and humiliation and replace them with the dissemination of encouragement in regards to recovery. This can be difficult to achieve when news stories, TV shows, and the Internet are giving an inaccurate depiction of suicide as a person’s only alternative. The media needs to send the message that help is available for all individuals regardless of economic status, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. Communications should outline where and how to go about seeking care and evoke a caring response from the community.
In some hospitals terminally ill people can choose if they want to keep fighting or if they want to end their own life. It is a personal option for the individual if they want to end their life. If they have accepted that as a possibility nobody should be able to overrule their choice. The history of assisted suicide has increased and it is getting worse.