Aid in Dying Mirna Valentin Ashford University SOC120 [ July 1, 2012 ] Annie Shropshire Aid in Dying Could you imagine how a long and painful death might feel? And not be able to do anything about it but fight until the end. What if physician-assisted suicide was made legal in every state? Would more patients request this type of aid? 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.
What about people with disabilities? Who will decide for them? Medical professionals of course agree that the disabled would be exempt. You have to be of sound mind to even consider euthanasia. Professor Suzanne McDermott of USC School of Medicine, Columbia, SC, stated, there will be many states in the next decade that introduce or consider the introduction of laws to legalize assisted suicide.
Physician assisted suicide should not be legalized for the simple fact many would give up and take the easy way out. There is currently a pervasive assumption that if assisted suicide and/or voluntary euthanasia (AS/VE) were to legalized, then doctors would take responsibility for making the decision that these interventions were indicated, for prescribing the medication, and (in euthanasia) for administering it .Richard Huxable remarks “that homicide law encompasses various crimes, so prosecutors can choose charges to suit the circumstances. Yet one thing is clear: mercy killing is still killing, equally, murder is murder” Physician assisted suicide is nothing more than cold blooded
Physician Assisted Suicide Why is it only ethical to die “naturally”, after a long illness filled with highly “un-natural” life extending medical procedures? Over the last twenty years, physician assisted suicides have become a sensitive issue in governmental offices as whether to legalize such an option. Even though many religions prohibit suicide and the intentional killing of others, and some believe it violates a portion of a doctors’ Hippocratic Oath, Physician Assisted Suicide should be a legal option for those with terminal diseases or conditions because reasonable laws can be constructed which prevent abuse and still protect the value of human life. Physician assisted suicide is the voluntary termination of one's own life by administration
Then there are the people who feel that if people who are suffering have the right to stop life sustaining-treatment then why other suffering patients can’t ask physicians to give them life –ending treatments. Physician assisted suicide has been a big debate here in the America. In 1997 the Us Supreme Court said that there is no constitutional right to physician assisted suicide and the State Legistratures may choose if they want to vote to legalize physician assisted suicide then the Oregon board of Pharmacy put in an order requiring physicians to document if this is for an assisted suicide. In 1999 Oregon became the only US state that voted to legalize physician assisted suicide and in January 1998 one doctor announced his or her participation in the assisted suicide act. There are several countries that currently allow one or the other types of physician assisted suicide.
In particular, critics state that diagnosing death and putting people on end of life care pathways is a form of euthanasia – one newspaper story featured the headline ‘Sentenced to death on the NHS’ (Devlin 2009). This type of criticism is founded on the myths outlined above, particularly those relating to passive and active euthanasia and to withdrawal of treatment. It is worth restating that care pathways allow healthcare professionals to try out treatments and withdraw them if they are not effective, and to reintroduce treatments if patients respond in unexpected ways. A clearer understanding of the ethics and law in this area should help nurses to address these criticisms and reassure themselves that the guidance set out in care pathways is legally and ethically sound. NURSING
ASSISTED SUICIDE Dorothy Hasselmann CJUS 400 OCTOBER 8, 2014 LIBERTY UNIVERSITY J.SANDERS ASSISTED SUICIDE The topic “Is Assisted Suicide right or wrong? 1. Introduction A. This professional chose this topic because you hear allot of people dying from assisted suicide than with just one committing suicide and I wanted to research on this to see on how much information I can gather from Assisted Suicide. The laws that concern with assisted suicide are: It varies from state to state.
Assisted suicide caught my eye because when I saw the topic my main thought was a relative or a friend would help bring your life to death. Basically that a friend would help you kill yourself. However never did it occur to me that the help from a “friend” would be a physician prescribing you with lethal medication to speed up the process of one’s death. I was concerned with this area of bioethics because it brought my attention that it is essentially messing around with the idea of dying naturally. Instead of God bringing you to your death, one is giving ones life away, but asking for it in medical terms.
Claude Noel Yamgueu Prof. Landrus EN102 09/16/2013 Euthanasia Exploratory According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, euthanasia is the act or practice of intentionally ending the life of someone who is very sick or injured in order to prevent any more suffering. The 20th century was a time that saw the development of the modern hospital system, a development that contributed in the emergence of the euthanasia debate. Regardless of whether or not a person is in favor of euthanasia, many people do want a dignified death for themselves and their loved ones. However, the debate encompasses many interesting sides about whether or not humans have the right to die. The three main views of this issue include the pro-euthanasia, the con-euthanasia
The dose of medication given to the patient must be lethal enough so that he/she does not wake up to the nightmare of realizing that they did not die. Also, more research has to be done of terminal illness. This must be done to avoid giving people a false prognosis. If both these things are done, this country could be one step closer to the legalization of doctor assisted death. In America, land of the free, doctor assisted death should be made legal so that the terminally ill can choose when and how they die.