People should be able to live their life to the longest. Physician-assisted suicide is a controversial topic spreading throughout the United States due to the ethical issues surrounding the topic. Physician-assisted suicide is legal in a few states and other states have passed bills to make sure this does not happen. Even though some say that all have a right to die, physician-assisted suicide should not be legal because it would be too psychologically damaging to all involved. Having a right to die is what causes assisted suicide so controversial.
The United States government should not push away humans that could benefit our society. Ryan McCready elaborates on this idea he says President Trump's recent executive order on immigration has seen doctors and nurses forced to leave the country. This is terrible for America's health care system that is currently searching for help. Many of the hospitals are overcome with shortages in medical professionals and the president of this country is deporting brilliant medical professionals out. These immigrants could go a long way helping out the medical field in America.
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.
It started off as a way to advance science and help society but the greed of money took over. So because there is no regulations or policies people will do what they must to make a profit. Like in the example above knowing the donor had a disease but selling the tissue anyway. There are now regulations for tissue donations but not for the human remains business as a whole. Once regulations are put in place they need to be enforced and organizations need to be audited to make sure they are within compliance.
Humans must have complete autonomy over their bodies. Their safety must be taken into serious consideration and the vulnerable and less fortunate ones must be protected from being duped into such an unethical crime that is stimulated by dishonest doctors and organ brokers. So, in order to achieve this safety level and hopefully put this illegal behavior at an end, I encourage all of you to take action and become organ donors. The supply of organs will increase legally; thus, the number of organs sold unethically in the Black Market will decrease. Tragic expressions such as “HER HEART IS MISSING” won’t be seen anymore in bold letters on the news or on newspapers’ first page.
Another reason behind anti-euthanasia supporters reasoning is the belief that it gives the doctor too much influence and power over patients. Opponents believe that euthanasia goes against the Hippocratic Oath and the four principles of medical ethics. The Hippocratic Oath states that is a popular medical statement written in the fifteenth century by Hippocrates, a Greek physician. The Hippocratic Oath states that deadly medicine should never be given to someone even if they ask (Cockeram 10). The four principles of medical ethics guarantee that all doctors must avoid harming their patients, are rational in their judgement, aim to do good, and treat all patients with fairness.
The pharmaceutical company marketed the drug as free treatment and to get people to voluntarily take them. This way if they were to experience any side effects the company would not be held liable. The reason they are so aggressive and in such a hurry to test this new drug is because they want to be the first ones to come out with a drug in that class. They want to be able to make all the money they can make initially and therefore they need to have the drug out on the market. Even though the drug is producing plenty of adverse effects and has taken plenty of lives, the company believes that once they figure out the perfect dosage the drug will start helping people
The government is saying that physicians are role models and should be viewed as people who save lives, not people who take life away. Opponents contend that physician-assisted suicide undermines doctors’ roles in society. According to American Medical Association, “Allowing physicians to participate in assisted suicide would cause more harm than good” (Fuller). The community looks up to doctors, especially the sickly elders. They might be influenced to seek help in easing their suffering.
Consequentialism is based more around the consequence and final result of the actions. In our text book, Ethical Reasoning, it states that in consequentialism, “consequences count, not motives or intentions” (Pence, 2011). Non-consequentialism is based around the intention of one’s doing, regardless of the consequences. A particular action may be good for a business but not good for society or ones health. An example of this would be pharmaceutical companies raising the cost for medicine, this cause many patients to suffer or not be able to afford the medication they need.
That’s a lie. Pharmacists say they are protected by laws to health care workers. If they do not want to write a prescription they have the right not to because it is against their belief (pharmacist and right). Plan b and any other harmful products can cause abortions if they have anything to do with killing anything inside them. Period.