Soc/120 Physician Assisted Suicide Research Paper

3015 Words13 Pages
Running Head: Passive and Active Euthanasia and Suicide 1 Physician Assisted Suicide Christa Foster Wright SOC 120 Professor Elaine Phompheng November 25, 2011 2 Physician Assisted Suicide Physician Assisted Suicide is a topic that most of us has either read about or heard about in the…show more content…
Otherwise after the coming of Christianity suicide became a sin, a violation of God’s Commandments. Life was recognized as a gift from God (Roleff, 1998). With the weakness of Christianity, religion became secularized along with many others. It was then and only then when suicide became a transgression against nature, not God, which was explained as a mental derangement (as cited in Roleff,1998, p.18). Only in today’s society are individuals considered to be owners of themselves. [We then each become entitled to control our life, including its duration, to the extent nature permits, provided that this control does not harm others in ways prescribed by law] (Roleff, 1998, p.18). Several moral and ethical issues will arise when it comes to physician-assisted suicide. Beginning with the Hippocratic Oath taken by a physician clearly states that “doctors shall not kill” which rules out physicians assisting suicide when death becomes a therapeutic option to life, medicine ceases to be trustworthy or an ethical profession. For religious reasons this is considered as aiding a person to shorten their life, using their license to legally prescribe death, and many people feel that physicians should not intentionally kill, to assist killing , or murder anyone in any form or fashion ( as cited in Roleff,1998, p.18). Physician who assist suicide or euthanasia are going against everything they swore to uphold that which is life
Open Document