Many disagree with it but I personally believe it should be up to the patient and his/her doctor to decide what is best for their life. I would say it would be considered as ethical egoism. I don’t agree with physician-assisted-suicide being illegal. I understand that someone’s death affects many people but I do believe that at the end it should be the patient’s choice. If I were terminally ill, I would not want to suffer just to suffer.
The American Medical Association has generally argued against physician assisted suicide on the grounds that it undermines the integrity of the profession (Braddock & Tonelli 1998). Although patients can commit suicide without the aid of their physician it is still against the law and it can affect family members after they are gone. Opinions differ on the ethical consequences of trying to make physician assisted suicide the responsibility of doctors, but prior consideration of such ethically relevant consequences the question arises of whether the provision assisted suicide can logically be part of the doctor’s role (Fiona Randall & Robin Downie 2010). At the same time the state needs to monitor physician to see that they do not break the law and take it into their hands to participate in physician assisted suicide. A physician job description is to aim at the provision of treatments with health benefits in the patient’s best interest, and to avoid adverse outcomes (Fiona Randall & Robin Downie 2010).
Physician-Assisted Suicide: Should physician assisted suicide is legal? PHI103 Informal Logic Angel Vasquez December 3, 2012 Physician-Assisted Suicide: Should physician assisted suicide be legal? The voluntary termination of one’s own life by administration of a lethal substance with the direct or indirect assistance of a physician assisted suicide is the practice of providing a competent patient with a prescription for medication for the patient to use with primary intention of ending his or her own life. I believe there are many things to consider about physician assisted suicide. “The history of law’s treatment of assisted suicide in this country has been and continues to be one of the rejections of nearly all efforts to permit
31).Conversely, no-one can be appropriately assigned the right to say life-saving means should be abandoned because someone else determines that a patient is an excessive burden or that it costs too much to treat a condition. Humans deserve the right to life, even if that life is not what others may judge as a good one. The government and doctors’ cannot decide who lives and dies by passing a law that relieves patients of their rights. Mankind’s right to die has been extensively discussed; however, passing laws in support of physician-assisted suicide takes that option from the patient and puts into the hands of those who may not have the patient’s best interest in mind. This topic is bigger than allowing a loved one to go softly from life, it involves too much room for the abuse of the nation’s elderly, mentally ill, and poor, which should not, and cannot be allowed to
Physician-Assisted Suicide: Ethical Dilemma SOC120 Professor Kristen Hester August 27, 2012 Physician-Assisted Suicide is a topic that has been the center of controversy for decades; however, is a scenario that goes back to the earliest of times. Moral arguments both for and against this issue arise, quite often passionately, whether a loved one should suffer with the pain and agony of an illness when medicine no longer holds hope for a cure or whether it is more dignified and humane to allow them to choose to die by an injection from a physician. With a certain criteria met, and not decided upon lightly, I will argue that Physician-Assisted Suicide is an option that every person should be able to consider, should the time come that
Physician-Assisted Suicide: Morally Just? Physician-Assisted Suicide Why has assisted suicide, and euthanasia, been such a fiercely debated ethics issue? As a society, we value are individuality and are strongly opposed to the government interfering in are everyday lives, but when it comes to our deaths we allow the government to dictate how we end it. Of all the states only three currently allow physician-assisted, with the others either having a law that makes physician –assisted suicide illegal or not having any law that specifically bans physician-assisted suicide. There are many arguments in favor of legalizing this practice, but there are also many that support not legalizing.
So a physician’s decision to enter into this agreement with his patient is a difficult one at best. Therefore at this juncture the debate seems to indicate that physician-assisted suicide is driven by emotivism. This statement is made because although there is something to say about the position that it’s wrong, none of it is really based on concrete facts. Society surmises that there will be abuses of the practice. Because of the state of world today, one would say this is a given.
“Physician Assisted Suicide" SOC120 Introduction to Ethics and Social Responsibility Shannon Sellers October 21, 2013 Should a person be allowed to ask for physician assistance to terminate their own life? This question strikes a moral debate that does not have a clear answer. Autonomy gives individuals the right to make medical decisions relating to their course of care. If a person determines they do not want life sustaining measures taken physicians are required to respect this even knowing it may result in death. When it comes to the decision to end one’s life due to a terminal illness with unmanageable pain a physician is not allowed to assist one in dying.
People who argue against physician suicide argue about the sanctity of life. There argument believes by legalizing physician assisted suicide there is likelihood for corruption, professional dishonesty, and efficient flaw. Those who oppose for holy reasons argue, our lives are given to us by a supreme being and others lives are not ours to take, but a donation from God and to destroy the gift God gave us is a sin and therefore immoral. However, a morally wrong act can be made morally right if the process used in deciding to perform it and the way it is performed are kindhearted and usefully
The Ethics Behind Physician Assisted Suicide Tyana Ingram SOC120: Introduction to Ethics and Social Responsibility Professor Olivia Kerr July 31, 2011 Physician assisted suicide has arguably been one of the most controversial subject matters in the legal system. Various points of view have made it a very debatable topic on trying to determine morally whether or not it is an ethical choice performed by physicians, and the patient in question. Suicide is a very difficult decision for someone who is severely ailing to make, but they are taking into consideration all of the financial, emotional, painful, and physical strain it puts on not only themselves, but also their loved ones. Therefore, why is physician assisted suicide such a major