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).
Suicide is now becoming the leading cause of death among the U.S. military veterans. Suicide occurs when a person chooses to end their life due to they see suicide as the only way out of the problem they may be in. The stress generated by war is one of the many reasons these soldiers choose suicide. Some could not endure what they had been through while at the war. The Department of Veterans Affairs have several programs and services in place to help prevent Veterans from getting to the point of committing suicide.
Assisted suicide has caused many divisions in the medical field on whether assisted suicide should be legalized. In September 1996 issue of the BMA news review, the results of a survey of over 750 GPS and hospital doctors showed that 46 percent of the doctors supported a change in the law to allow them to carry out the request or a terminally ill patient for voluntary euthanasia, 44 percent were against euthanasia and supported the present law and 37 percent said they would be willing to actively help end the life of a terminally ill patient who had asked for euthanasia and so assisted suicide, if the law allowed it.” (www.idebate.org/debatebase/debates/assisted-suicide/house-belives-assisted-suicide-should-be-legalized) What we should all know is that we have a God given right to choose how we want to live our lives within the limits of the law. We choose how we want to live and where, we also choose our career paths our significant others as well as
Assisted suicide is when a person who is terminally ill, (meaning a person with a disease that cannot be cured or treated and will most likely result in death), has the “incontestable right to humankind’s ultimate civil and personal liberty”. People have the right to die in a manner and at a time of their own choosing; medicine has brought many benefits to humanity, and it cannot entirely solve the pain and distress of the dying process when ill. People who live with great pain everyday of their lives are in likely need of doctor’s assistance for most of their lives, and this is where assisted suicide comes into play. Assisted suicide is when a doctor “prescribes voluntary termination of one's own life by administration of a lethal substance with the direct or indirect assistance of a physician”;
This argument is flawed because there are multiple doctors that think euthanasia is ethical, and even more will participate in assisted suicide once it becomes legalized. In a survey completed by the American Medical Association, fifty-three percent of the public and twenty-nine percent of doctors think it should be legal for a physician to commit suicide. (Bar Graph) General practitioner, Dr. Simon Benson declared that he is prepared to participate in euthanasia. Benson states “I would be doing a person a service.” and “I would be treating them well and humanely”. (Dow, 2017).
The profession is full of tough choices to be made by the physician, patients and families. So in my opinion one should compare the up and down side of his/her choices and go for that with benefit to the patient and family. In doing so we need to take in to consideration of ours and publics’ moral ground, laws of the country and cultures of the people. I believe every life has a purpose in this world and should be left to pass on by its own natural course without any intervention. The state of patient’s health condition may be so bad he/she may want to be killed or commit a suicide but the job as a physician is to work the best they can in finding a solution for the pain or suffering.
In this world that we are living, someone out there must be depressed to the point that he or she would prefer to die than to deal with his or her problems. It is a waste to take one’s own life for a temporary problem. Some people would attempt to kill themselves thinking that they do not need to live in this world anymore. Suicide and attempted suicide is something that should never be neglected. What is suicide?
Choosing Pain or Dignity Every year, millions of people die from terminal illnesses and no more than several developed countries let patients die in dignity. Because of the fact that there’s no way of understanding a patient’s pain, any government cannot decide whether the patients should die or keep on suffering. So that it is essential to mention about the importance of assisted suicide. Also called euthanasia, is the act of killing patients with incurable diseases and who are suffering unbearably to end their pain. It may be done voluntarily or involuntarily or in another aspect, it may be active or passive but the assisting is done by a physician.
Euthanasia can also mean the termination of a very sick person’s life in order to relieve them of their suffering. It is normally carried out in most cases by the person who dies asks for it but there are cases where a person cannot make such a request is called euthanasia.
What makes the right to die different from physician administered suicide. This contributes to the issue of humane death distinguished from humane killing. Patients could be essentially be “euthanized” on the regular. These deaths now take place in hospitals which makes it highly cost ineffective, some fear that if they are dying care will decrease in quality. Withdrawal of treatment or pain relief in lethal measures is the concern for the unethicality, some see this as an alternative for long term care.
In the defense of Physician Assisted Suicide, a wide publicly talked about topic, it should be a choice every terminally ill patient receives. Physician Assisted suicide is when a patient is terminally ill and has no chances of recovering. The patient themselves can make the decision, with the help from their physician, to get lethally injected and end their life reducing and ending the pain. In America each state has a little over 3,000 patients that are terminally ill contact an advocacy group known as the Compassion and Choices to try to reduce end-of- life suffering and perhaps hasten their death. Physician Assisted Suicide shouldn’t be looked at as suicide, but as ending the pain and suffering from an individual whose life is going to be taken away anyway.
Over time, there has always been a debate whether assisted suicide should be allowed into society. Physician assisted suicide can be looked at as an advantage, but it can also be viewed as a negative thing. Assisted suicide is only performed by a physician when the patient is terminally ill, and only if the patient is willing to be assisted in suicide. This procedure is used with lethal doses of drugs prescribed by a physician. Since physician assisted suicide is very risky, there are a lot of precautions to be taken.