Dying patients sometimes lose all ability to take care of themselves. Vomit, drool, urine, faces, and other indignities must be attended to by nursing assistants. Recent laws in Oregon and the U.K. have started a trend of legalization. But some most notably the U.S. Attorney General’s office, are determined to prevent the laws from going through with physician assisted suicide. Physician assisted suicide is killing one’s self by a patient facilitated by means a drug prescription or by information as an indication of what dosage provided by a physician aware of the patients intent.
It is the duties and responsibility of a doctor to assist a dying patient in having a comfortable, easy death, which in some cases may call for physician-assisted suicide, assuming it is the patient’s wish. When patients decide to end their lives, because of sickness they are tired of suffering, it would be much better for them to be able to do so in a peaceful way. This will provides the dying patients with dignity and grace as they leave this
Also, if the medical staff know for certain that this patient is terminally ill, wouldn’t it be beneficial to the rest of the patients if the terminally ill were given the chance to commit suicide. Although a physician may oppose, shouldn’t one be free to end his/her life during the final days of pain and suffering? Everyone should have the freedom to decide when enough is enough and choose how
On the other hand, proponents would argue that many terminally ill people deal with agonizing and unrelenting pain on a daily basis and the compassionate thing to do would be to put an end to their loved one’s suffering. It is my contention that physician-assisted suicide goes against our morals and duties as human beings and should not be legalized in the United States. Assisted suicide refers to “helping a person to end his or her life by request an order to end suffering” (Humphry, 2006), however, there are many different types of Euthanasia or Assisted Suicide. It is considered to be a physician-assisted suicide when a doctor provides medication, means, or information to facilitate a patient’s own death. The terminally ill patient must have consistently asked to end their life and done so of his own free will.
Right or Wrong - Physician Assisted Suicide Something we all can agree with-cancer is painful. “…two thirds of patients with advanced disease have significant pain, and the major reason why cancer is painful is that it invades tissues, like bone, or soft tissue like muscle, and compresses the nerves and produces pain in that way” says ABC News (Foley). Imagine that patient was your loved one fighting a chronic illness. You have watched as they have battled through the ugly side effects of chemo, radiation or some other painful intervention. Your loved one has lost weight, their hair and most of their immune system.
Physician Assisted Suicide is a physician intentionally assisting a patient to terminate their life among their request. “Physician assisted Suicide remains a very controversial topic throughout the country. Terminally ill patients, physicians, and pharmacists often have different beliefs about the practice” (Fass, 847). If Physician Assisted
Physician-Assisted Suicide Imagined that you are living with a terminal illness, with no known cure and so much pain that you are unable to get out of bed, would you want to continue living this way? This is a question that thousands of people all over the world ask themselves every day and unless you live in a one of the three states in America, x, x, and x, your only choice is to live with this pain. The doctor will pump you full of pain medicines to try to make you comfortable, but life as you knew is gone. You are unable to work, visit friends and family, go for a walk or even go to the bathroom by yourself. You have come to the end of your journey of life and are ready for what is waiting for you in the next life.
Are doctors lie to patients that will help them out? They found that patients don't know the truth or “keep in the dark”. They “feel betrayed.” (337) However, the partient knows the “truthful information, humanely conveyed, helps patients cope with illness: helps them tolerate pain better, need less medication, and even recover faster after surgery.”(337) I suggest that partients know their conditions immediately. If partient’s situation is terminal means almost the end of life. That will help them spend their remaining time carefully, and they don’t have doubts during the rest of the life.
Unfortunately, the issue of death has been denied, hidden, and thus feared by our current society. Many people are afraid of death and the dying process because no one knows exactly what takes place as a person dies. Nurses look at death as failure and therefore shy away from those dying patients whom they believe they have "failed." “Two of the two and a half million persons who die annually in the United States are elderly many of which die in hospitals” (Kirshhoff, KT,. Spuhler.
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. How is one of these situations different from the other? Can one be morally and ethically right and the other wrong? “The two basic moral arguments in favor physician assisted death focus on suffering and autonomy.” (Menzel, 2012) Why would a terminally ill patient be denied the right to ask for assistance in death? When death is imminent and a person is in unmanageable pain they should have the right to decide to end their own life with assistance.