Two months ago, my father died after a long period suffering from metastatic cancer of the liver. I tearfully watched my father crying and praying to die because of the atrocity of the pain. Once the holistic hospice care took over, he came to value whatever life was left to him. My father’s judgment was definitely impaired by the pain in a sense that he would never have thought of suicide or asking to die. Therefore, I agree with euthanasia protestors.
When performing euthanasia on his patients who were terminally ill. He claimed that his intention was to “…end the suffering of agonized human beings.” Most of his patients wanted to die desperately and end the unbearable pain and anguish. Oftentimes, the individuals were trying to end the suffering of the person they loved. Because of the devastating impact upon the family as a whole, thus it would enable that person to die with a sense of dignity and respect. Utilitarianism is a system that defines the morals of the individuals and how they choose to act in a particular situation, based checks and
Mr. Bartling remained on the ventilator until the time of his death on November 6, 1984. He had several medical illnesses and did not want the ventilator despite knowing that it being removed would speed his death. He repeatedly asked for it to be removed and when refused, he tried to remove it himself. He was then restrained to prevent him from removing it. I believe the hospital had no right to force him to have the ventilator.
For many people the main concern with assisted suicide goes with the competence of the sick patients. Many of the ones that are in the final stages of their lives have requested doctors to help them in exercising active euthanasia. It is sad to realize that these people are about to die and that to them the only hope they got is through assisted suicide in order to end their suffering. But the thing that really matters is what they want for themselves, if they want to end with their lives because there is nothing else to be done and they don’t want to suffer more than they should have the right to commit suicide since that’s what they want for their lives. The most important thing that everyone should think about is dying happy, maybe all of the people that have committed assisted suicide, left this world feeling better since they don’t have to suffer more.
The Dalai Lama talks about “Compassion”. The way to understand compassion in this situation does not mean forgiveness or to forget what the murderer did and let him free. Here, compassion means to put aside the feelings we have for the one related to us and become impartial to listen to the reasons the murderer has to have killed this person. This impartiality would help us not to follow what The Torah suggests. The Torah suggests the death of a murderer.
Assess this argument: ‘Killing is wrong if and only if it deprives a person of a valuable future life; some terminally ill people do not have a valuable future life; so it is not wrong to kill them’. Voluntary euthanasia is the ending of human life and intentionally relieving pain that a patient is suffering due to a terminal illness such as cancer. By definition, diseases such as cancer, cannot be cured or sufficiently treated and are expected to result in the death of the patient within the near future. As they no longer see the remaining months left of their life valuable, ending their life now seems a rational request. Killing is a form of active euthanasia whereby a person is deliberately causing death of a patient.
They believe that people should die naturally and should not be assisted in their death by medical means. People believe that PAS is unethical and should not even be considered. “Many people fear that physician-assisted suicide will create a climate in which some people are pressured into committing suicide. The very old, the very poor, or minorities and other vulnerable populations might be encouraged to hasten death, rather than to "burden" their families or the health care system. Again, this is not a genuine choice, but a social issue, one that stems from how our society cares for its elders and for the poor, and whether minority groups can get good health care” (Lynn, 2006).
Imagine a brother, a bestfriend, suffering through the pain of battling cancer. Clearly, he is being defeated. So if the choice was up to the family, why would anyone let him die in pain and sadness if no one would want to die that way themselves! Euthanasia is represented in John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men when George shoots and kills Lennie. Euthanasia is a choice of death for a human being for his or her alleged benefit.
It would be very difficult to communicate to future physicians to killing in a context of legalized euthanasia. Are we (U.S.) ready for this? For some dying people, severe suffering can be alleviated. However, when such suffering cannot be lessened, assisted suicide may be seen as a compassionate act because it ends a life that has lost its meaning (Arthur Rifkin). All life has meaning, even if it’s the end of that
Physicians Should Assist in Suicide Have you ever had to sit with a friend or family member suffering in pain? Imagine if this person only had six months to live, and those would be the worst months they would ever have to experience. All anyone could do is watch as this person cried and yelled for someone to stop the miserable pain and agony. What if there was a way to stop the pain? Physician Assisted Suicide is a physician intentionally assisting a patient to terminate their life among their request.