If the patient knows he or she is going to die within six months, then it will be easier to take in. If a patient doesn’t know when he or she is going to die, then it’s always going to be in the back of the patient’s mind, and this can cause fear. This practice of assisted suicide also helps end suffering. Normally, terminal illnesses and diseases can cause a lot of pain for the patient and for friends and family. The pain for patients allows the patient to know that death is going to come because as the pain increases, it is thought that death will follow soon after.
Quill discusses how helping one of his patients to face death with dignity taught him that with knowing patients enough to know their true intentions for wanting to end their lives, he can provide the doctor care that he intends to. Dr. Quill had a working relationship with his patient, Diane who was diagnosed with myelomonocytic leukemia, a terminal disease that does not have any proven treatment or cure. By providing an indirect way for Diane to end her life, Dr. Quill allowed her to end her life prematurely, but with dignity and before being in a state that nobody would ever want to be
Fidelity is loyalty, fairness, truthfulness, advocacy, and dedication to our patients. It involves keep our promises also keeping a commitment which is based on the virtue of caring. In this case, the medical staff was advocating for changing the code status of the resident to give comfort and let nature take its course. The resident’s condition was not going to improve and death was
Second, physician assisted suicide may change the culture in which medicine is practiced. Critics believe that medicine should be used to heal rather than kill. They think that allowing physician assisted suicide poisons the relationship between doctors and patients. Third, physician assisted suicide would harm our entire culture, especially our family and intergenerational obligations. People who care for disabled or elderly relatives may view them as burdens and may pressure them to choose assisted suicide ( Anderson
This is significant because this supports the fact that this is not an instance of killing to the patient, but by withdrawing the artificial support for the patients, it “allows for the patient’s disease to complete its natural course” (Jansen, 106). In addition, one’s dignity of being worthy of honor or respect can be an important feeling of one’s self. Susan Behuniak portrayed the point involving dignity to the pros of hastening death by mentioning a statement from a patient in the Montana constitutional that depict the terminally ill point of view. This patient had mention that if there comes a point where his suffering is unbearable then there should be an option for him to die peacefully by taking a pill for that purpose (Behuniak). He also mention that it is his life and decision so having “the right and responsibility to make that critical choice” should be available for him (Behuniak).
The ideas behind this moral distinction is that in passive euthanasia the doctors are not actively killing anyone but they are just not saving the patients. Most people think that euthanasia can be justifiable, when the patients are facing incurable disease, undergoing suffer, terminally ill and requests for euthanasia as their last wishes. For instance, Somerville (2010) argued that it is important to respect the people’s right of self-determination and autonomy. In other words, people should have the right to choose their time of dying but the state have prevented and stop them from doing it.
That is very true, but the current laws that oppose euthanasia are for the protection of patients from abuse by dishonest actions and methods of physicians who will be ending their life, not to cause needless pain and suffering (Marker and Hamlon). Although there is little evidence on assisted suicide and euthanasia that is collected from real patients, the studies that collect data from current patients, and not hypothetical questioning, show different results than what is most broadcasted by supporters. These studies reveal that those who choose a premature death do so because of the fear instilled in them by the idea of physical deterioration and lose of community with the rest of society (Nolan n. pag.). It may seem that physical deterioration is the same as pain, but in this case, it is not.
Physician- Assisted Death (PAD), or Euthanasia, is ending a patient’s life with the help of a physician. Euthanasia is painless and the patient would have to be diagnosed with an incurable disease or a terribly painful illness to even be considered. An individual will request euthanasia and will have to see a hospital psychologist to make sure he or she can come to terms with dying. There are many benefits to consider when thinking about euthanasia; the patient will not be in pain or suffer from the illness anymore, safer and more effective than a patient trying to end their life on his or her own terms, hospitals and family members would actually save money, and the patients’ feel more control over their own death. One disadvantage to this is a lot of doctors feel that euthanasia breaks the Hippocratic Oath the physicians are sworn to obey when they graduate from medical school.
As humans, we are aware of the fact that we will eventually die. In some way, we are afraid of death (Robbins, 2012). However, the more experiences we have related to death, the more we become desensitized to it (Robbins, 2012). Because of this desensitization process, emergency medical service workers are able to respond to many traumatic incidents without negative repercussions. This is not to say that medical calls will not impact the responder.
Keeping euthanasia outlawed regulates religion, aids morality, and supports physicians’ ethics. Euthanasia is killing a patient painlessly for medical reasons, even sometimes given without a request from the patient, such as being in a coma. Euthanasia goes against peoples’ one right to life. Some think it is ok because it supposedly helps the patient, but is it realistically helping? There should be so many other options for patients to choose from, instead of thinking death is respectable choice.