Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?

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Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal? Dion O. Hales SOC120 Introduction to Ethics and Social Responsibility Prof. Theodore Framan June 22, 2012 Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal? While killing yourself is harder than having someone do it for you is that killing yourself requires firmer resolve, Should euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide be legal? Because a patient's last will and last testament should be honored, a competent patient's request to terminate life-sustaining treatment, and it is our moral right to prevent a person from suffering if they suffer from a disease we cannot cure. First, Should euthanasia or physician-assisted suicide be legal? I support euthanasia because we are all sentient beings in control of our own destinies and governance over our bodies. Jasper Emmering, MD stated, “…Then there is a practical matter: the moral distinction between abstaining from life-saving treatment, palliative sedation and euthanasia is very murk, for me it doesn’t exist at all. Therefore it makes no sense that the first two are legal while the third is not.” To get a better understanding of the debate, allow me to explain what physician-assisted suicide is; the situation occurs when a physician facilitates a patient’s death by providing the necessary means and/or information to enable the patient to perform the life-ending act. A physician may provide sleeping pills and information about the lethal dose, with the full knowledge of the patient’s expectation for the outcome. How does a patient arrive at such a decision? One possibility is a patient who is terminal and does not want to face weeks or months enduring extreme pain. Another possibility is the duress of family members. Certain debilitating illness is too painful to endure and causes a person to reassess their passion for life.
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