Assisted Suicide Essay

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Assisted Suicide “My father’s death forced me to rethink all I had written over two decades opposing legalization of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia.” (Wolf S 2008) “Physician-assisted suicide (PAS) is slightly different than euthanasia; in using PAS, the patient is provided the means for terminating his or her life, but the patient, not the doctor, ends the life in question. Some countries, such as the Netherlands and Belgium, have made PAS legal; Oregon legalized PAS in 1997; the Supreme Court upheld Oregon's "death with dignity" law as constitutional in 2006”. (Mosser K, 2010) In the article, “Confronting Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia: My Father's Death”, Susan Wolf addresses both sides of the debate concerning whether or not physicians should be allowed to assist their patients who wish to “stop”. In this article the author implies potential headway addressing the development of end-of-life care while reminding the reader of her previous opposition, and addressing the issues that triggered her change of mind and caused her change of heart. Imagining myself in Susan Wolf’s place, having to deal with my own father’s death, confronting the problems that arise at the end of life, I think I would respond to this tragic issue in very much the same way the author did. In her article, Wolf explored the experiences of her father’s death not to determine what was best for her, but to decide what was best for her father. After giving considerable thought to the characteristics between assisted suicide, euthanasia, palliative care, terminal sedation and termination of life-supporting treatment and equipment, I agree that physicians should be permitted to assist their patients in suicide and assisted suicide should be legalized. I arrived at Assisted

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