Assisted suicide is the practice of ending someone 's life. (Newton, 7) A terminal illness is when you have a disease that will end your life within the near future. Some examples of a terminal illness include cancer, stroke, and ALS. Many people disagree with assisted suicide, but it is the better choice for those who do not what their disease to change who they are. The main arguments to allow this in our country is that the tremendous amount of pain and suffering of the patient will end, euthanasia, and health care costs will be reduced.
A person should be allowed to make their own decision about their own bodies. In the event one is terminally ill without any evidence they would recover, their choice of whether or not to continue or discontinue treatment should be made up to them. I will be proving that patients are allowed to make their own decisions using the case-based approach, casuistry. And to do this I will be using the example case of an 82 year old man who decided to stop all treatment of renal dialysis. The first case I will be comparing is the Brittany Maynard case in which a 29 year old woman with terminal brain cancer wanted to die with dignity.
Although, it is the not doctors intentions to harm or kill the patient, this is still the ending product. Active euthanasia is when lethal or fatal substances are used to end a patient's life either by the doctor or by the patient himself/herself
“I think those who have a terminal illness and are in great pain should have the right to choose to end their lives, and those who help them should be free from prosecution,” -Stephen Hawking. Assisted suicide is a physician assisted suicide, in which they give medication that allows for a painless and quick death that ends the suffering of people with the illness. Assisted suicide is illegal in 47 states and is usually last resort. Assisted suicide may remove all of the pain quickly and painlessly, but is not reasonable in most people’s cases. People who are Terminally ill have usually 2 options, continue the painful and tyring treatment so they can live longer, or they can discontinue and suffer from the terrible symptoms.
It started with just one mole, and later the cancer metastasized all in her body. I watched her endure such pain and witnessed the doctors give her such strong doses of medicine that made my grandma very unlike her usual vibrant self. All she prayed for was to peacefully pass. Why couldn’t we grant her that one last wish? C) Preview: “Death with Dignity” should be legalized as an option for terminally-ill patients because it alleviates the suffering one must endure, it’s freedom of choice, and it would prevent inhumane ways of suicides.
As modern medicine has advanced and the use of life sustaining technology has become more mainstream, a greater number of families and doctors are being faced with an important decision; when to use artificial organs, and when to shut them off. It’s a decision that haunts people long after it is made (Park). The topic of whether or not life support should be used for long periods of time to sustain brain dead patients is heavily debated. Many believe that brain death, a condition in which one loses all brain function and brain stem reflexes, is the same as final death. Science also points in this direction, and many doctors agree that brain dead patients should be removed from life support because they are technically already dead (Rubin).
Huttmann (2004) stated, “until there is legislation making it a criminal act to code a patient who has requested the right to die, we will all risk the same fate as Mac” (p.345). In that example Huttmann is trying to put the people in the same situation as Mac, basically she is asking the audience do they want to suffer like Mac or to rest in peace like what she did for Mac. This problem is controversial and it need to be stopped, because a lot of people have been suffering like Mac and they should have the choice to live or die. Huttmann stated in her essay that the doctors are trying to act “God” because they took away the ability to die as we please. (Barbara Huttmann ,2004).
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.
They should have the right to die when they are ready, if they are ready. They shouldn’t just have to wait for the time to come, wait for the end. These people are in pain, and if they are ready to go, then we should let them go. I have always heard about assisted suicide from the news, and how some people believe it should or shouldn’t be legalized. I once watched a documentary about assisted death and it was very interesting to me.
Patients understanding about cancer means "death" and most likely need to hide the diagnoses to them.. "It 's very unpleasant to tell the patient that they have a terminal illness. One can understand why most doctors and nurses neglect this duty" (Varga,1980). Few things need to consider when telling to patients and patients family with regards to their prognosis like patients reactions or emotions and even financial resource. Health care professional are expected to give the detailed information to their client whether it is desirable or undesirable news. But on the other hand, they need consider whether telling truth would help or make situations more worst.
By detecting incurable cancers earlier, it is possible to harvest organs such as kidneys (cancer.org, 2014). If the cancer is going to spread quickly and chances of survival are slim, a patient can choose to end their life to stop the cancer from spreading to the vital organs so they can still donate them. By doing this, more people in need of organs can receive organs, resulting in more lives saved. Furthermore, if less money is going toward trying to extend the life of terminally ill patients, and instead goes toward saving the lives of those who can be saved to live a longer life, it makes ethical sense to have doctor-assisted suicide to allow those patients to pass on. Second, legalization of DAS will allow patients to be at ease knowing they can leave the pain.
“Death with Dignity is an end of life option that allows a qualified person to legally request and obtain medications from their physician to end their life in a peaceful, humane, and dignified manner at a time and place of their choosing.” Death with Dignity is administered by the state legislation. Individuals will obtain a prescription and medications for terminating their life but this can only be done it states that have Death with Dignity laws (FAQs, n.d.). Seconal is the main drug of choice when it comes to speeding up a death of an individual who is writhing away or suffering from a terminal disease such as cancer. These individuals who decide to end their life will take Seconal and fall fast asleep with no problems. During the year
Flippini states that instead of wasting time and effort trying to legalize euthanasia and making ill patients feel like a burden, and that their lives are not worth anything. They should instead provide better palliative care services aimed at managing symptoms and making the ill comfortable especially as they approach death that way that could help the ill live more fully with the dying
Imagine you are in a situation where you had to choose if someone you loved who was very ill and couldn’t decide for themselves, if they would have to die or stay alive and suffer. Would you be able to choose for them? How a person knowing that they had a disease that is going to kill them soon and went to the doctors and ask them to give them medicine to kill them so they did not have to suffer anymore. Should that doctor be accused for murder for helping that person wanting to end it instead of suffering anymore? In the cases of an euthanasia, a assisted suicide or the case between George and Lennie, killing can be a justifiable act under certain circumstances.