Would you help? Mrs. Smith is in pain. She knows she is dying and doesn’t want to suffer anymore. She wants you to help her commit suicide, will you help her? Mr. Holbrooks is in a coma. He will be a termed, “vegetable” for the rest of his life. His children know that he wouldn’t want to live this way and that he would want to be taken off life support. Would you help him? Assisted suicide is seen as a controversial topic, but when considering it as a loved one could be the one needing it, given consent, organ donors, and having no other options, it is not unethical and can be justified. Assisted suicide has been a big topic in the news since about 1990. Before the 1900’s, patients did not have a choice in their medical treatment. After the world wars, a choice of treatment was given. Back then, many chose not to have treatment because either way the chance was that they would die. As medical treatment has evolved and became more successful, some people still choose not to have treatment because they believe that the treatment will not help. This is not assisted suicide; it is suicide in its entirety. Assisted suicide is legal in three states in the United States of America and some other states are voting on the issue. As a patient, there are not many doctors who will participate in assisted suicide. As a person, there are many sites and people willing to help, but only if you meet the qualifications. These sites and people are willing to help because they also believe that assisted suicide can be justified. Many of these sites require that the person wanting to commit suicide be terminally ill without much hope of getting better or someone who will eventually die because of a problem they have. Treatable depression sufferers are screened out in the intensive process that is required to have assistance in suicide. When loved ones are suffering, it is common to want to do anything possible to help. This even includes allowing the loved one to decide if they want to partake in assisted suicide with the help of a doctor. It can be a challenge to find a doctor that will help because in all but three states in the United States of America, it is illegal and would be considered a homicide in the justice system. If a doctor will participate, the patient has to give consent. Sometimes this cannot happen because the patient is not in the correct state of mind to make the choice. Many patients who are on life support and are unresponsive are given the option to let the children or closest relatives make the choice of coming off life support or staying on for them. When this happens, many of these loved ones decide that they cannot make the decision because they feel it is them killing their loved ones. Many terminally ill patients will write into their will that they do not want to be on life support for an extended amount of time and they give consent to be taken off of life support. Patients who give this consent obviously have to be in the coherent state of mind to give this consent. The children and loved ones of these patients sometimes make it hard for the doctors who have consent because they do not want a family member to die. There have been court cases because of this as well. The children and loved ones of the patient can be angry and try to sue the hospital, doctors, and companies that contributed to the assisted suicide of their family. However, most of these said court cases do not get off the ground. When a person has decided to be an organ donor it means that when someone is pronounced dead, if their organs are still in good use they will be donated to someone one in need. 79% of patients that died in Oregon from 1996 to 2006 were organ donors. 2% fell in the category of assisted suicide, and all 6 of those patients were organ donors. Which means, when they gave consent to be taken off of life support in any case, they had also given consent to have their organs donated to someone in need. Ten lives…
The Legalization of Assisted Suicide
Assisted suicide is a topic that has caused much controversy as to whether it is a humane way to end a terminally ill person’s life or if it is a violation of the basic laws of medicine and devalues a person’s life. I personally believe that assisted suicide should be legalized in all states because every person has the right to decide what is best for his or her own life whether that decision is to live or to die.
Assisted suicide is when a physician does…
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25 October 2014
The concept of assisted suicide may seem twisted to those who do not understand. It may seem wrong for someone to end the life of another person upon their request. The problem with this is that some cannot bring death upon themselves due to disease or illness that prevents them from doing so. These situations are either fixed or prolonged with or without the practice of assisted suicide.
Assisted suicide is brought on by a lethal drug, gun,…
Imagine lying in a hospital bed hooked up to all kinds of different machines. Doctors and nurses constantly entering the room to check up on you while you try to capture what little sleep you can muster through the pain. On top of the pain, you are suffering side effects from countless drugs. Breathing becomes an unbearable process. You have lost your appetite because you are constantly nauseated or throwing up. Doctors have given you no hope of survival; therefore, death…
can die with dignity rather than becoming a shell of their former selves. Without PAS people may commit suicide in a messy, horrifying or traumatic manor. Physician assisted suicide (PAS) is not for everyone, but for someone who wants to end their life because of a terminal debilitating illness, they should have that option with the help of a knowledgeable physician.
Physician assisted suicide is defined by the American Medical Association as “when a physician facilitates a patient’s death by providing…
Name: Marva Dyer
Date: June 3, 2008
Word Count: 1225
Topic: Physician Assisted Suicide
1. Introduction and Thesis
Chronic and life-limiting illness can also make a person feel like they have lost all control of their lives. The body isn’t doing what it should and there’s no way to stop it. Physician-assisted suicide (PAS) may feel like a way to regain some of that control. If they can’t control the illness, they can at least control how they die.
Quality of life is the…
Pro Choice: Physician Assisted Suicide
Assisted suicide can date it origins back to Roman times before the christian overhaul, where doctors gave suffering patients a fatal poison. With the new coming of religon throughout the world the act of “assisted suicide” was deemed a sin. Not until recently in the 20th century has this issue been a frontpage headline that is causing severe controversy. The arguments for and against loosly include that it is murder offends many religons and is inhuman…
The idea of assisted suicide is a very, very slippery slope in my opinion - not that I don't approve of people having the right to make their own choices as to when they've had enough, but it could lead to lawmakers and other people in positions of power deciding that people with certain conditions or with a certain degree of severity are not worthy of being alive based on some subjective measure of "quality of life". We've already seen it, with disabled people (particularly developmentally disabled…
come into play. When discussing the everlasting debate over legalizing the practice of physician- assisted suicide I believe every patient has the right to choose between life and death if they can no longer benefit from standard methods of treatment.
In their book, Physician- Assisted Suicide -The Anatomy of a Constitutional Law Issue, Susan Behuniak and Arthur Svenson define Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) as a medical practice that involves a physician assisting a terminally ill, competent adult…
Physician Assisted Suicide
ITT Technical Institute
Professor Jeremy Pilarski
November 10 2014
The Right to die debate; is the common name of this current issue. It’s legal in the state of Oregon since 1998. Since then more than 341 terminally ill people have taken advantage of it to hasten their deaths. According to Humphry (2013, September) “The Washington Death with Dignity Act, Initiative 1000, codified as RCW 70.245, passed on November 4, 2008” http://finalexit…
March 5, 2015
Should Assisted Suicide be legalized?
Every year in the United States, a little over one million people die of a terminal illness that they know will not be cured and they will die. Many of these desperate patients go through a long and traumatic experience that drains everything they have, emotionally and physically. While coming to the end of their life, they are in excruciating pain and there is nothing to do but sit and wait. In four states, Euthanasia…