“Almost all who commit suicide have mental health problems”, states Burke J. Balch, J.D. People in favor of PAS argue that society should respect and defer to the freedom of choice. If they choose to want to die then we should help them in their plight. The problem lies in the issue of if PAS becomes a legal right then those seeking to avoid problems, pain, and depression would be legally entitled to be left alone to do an act in a manner that is irreversible and to make an assessment that is their own distortion forgoing any genuine help. There is absolute empirical evidence through studies and years of experience that an attempt at suicide is often a challenge to see if anyone really is listening or cares about the individual seeking help.
Physician Assisted Suicide PHI 103 Michael Pankrast Jennifer Eidem February 20, 2013 Allowing laws to pass that sanction assisted suicide has become a strong moral controversy that dates back to the ancient Greeks, and has now become a significant topic which is a concern to many people throughout the United States. Two sides are present within this action; opponents to assisted suicide would argue that no one has the right to take life except God. However, proponents to assisted suicide argue that many patients, who are terminally ill, suffer so severely, or patients who suffer with suicidal tendencies can use this possible legalization to end their lives, should be given the option to opt out of the
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The first and fourteenth amendments to the Constitution should be enough to grant people the rights to dictate what they do with their bodies. Some states have already legalized assisted-suicide calling it Death with Dignity. Other states have strong religious values, which members of congress hold with them, keeping assisted-suicide illegal in others. Bottom line is that the argument over assisted-suicide laws is much similar to debates over things such as abortion. How much control can or should the government have over a person’s body?
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Many argue on the legality of physicians assisting patients to commit suicide and how moral this action is. There are many groups focusing on whether physician assisted suicide is moral to be allowed to be practiced in patients. Some of these groups include the point of view of lawyer, world critics, medical professionals and even the patient themselves, who at some point in their life wanted to ask for assistant themselves. Several debates argue on the religious objections that exist against assisted suicide, while others believe that every patient should have the option to end their suffering at any time they choose and die with dignity. In my opinion, before digging into the debate on physician assisted suicide, I believe patients should have the right to ask a licensed physician for assistance to commit suicide as no one is the owner of a person’s life but the individual itself, therefore the license physician should be allowed to assist patients to end their
Well, there are many debates about this practice. Some argue that it is ethical because it is argued on the grounds that physician assisted suicide is a rational choice for a person who is choosing to die to escape unbearable suffering. Even more, the physician’s duty to alleviate pain and suffering is justified by the act of providing assistance with suicide upon the patient’s request. Some have argued that this practice is unethical. They feel that physician assisted suicide conflicts with the duty of the physician to preserve life.
It is a humane and judicious way to allow a person relief from suffering that modern medicine has prolonged. There should be evaluation by a psychiatrist and all options of treatment should be explored. If the prognosis is still certain death or an egregious decline in quality of life, then physician assisted suicide should be an option for those who are capable of choosing it. With appropriate safeguards defined and a process to closely monitor extreme cases of suffering, this procedure should be on the table. If it isn’t, we are condemning people to a long and painful end without dignity or humanity and we are forcing their loved ones to stand by and watch, powerless to help them.