Ethics is something that is very important in our society today, depending on how you view ethics can have an effect on decisions that you will make toward certain issues. I am going to discuss the ethical issues with physician assisted suicide and how negative it can be. Some physicians may think that they are helping their patients by doing this but it is wrong are numerous different ways and I will share several of them in this essay. There are ethical issues all around us and one particular that I personally find disturbing that happens all the time is physician assisted suicide. This is something that is downright despicable to help take a human life. Now I know that if there assisting in this in some twisted way they believe that there helping the patient because if their issues in life. The truth is life can be brutal and sometimes tough to bare but as a human we can all withstand it with the proper support. It takes someone that understands and cares for you to get through some things but definitely not suicide. This is never the answer no matter how bad the circumstances are and they should never be assisted with doing it. In some cases this happens with therapist, they hear all the issues the patient is having and then actually attempt to help the patient in the right way. When there treatments begin to fail and they are basically all out of ideas it is not unheard of for the physician to help the patient attempt suicide. They do this because they think the patient is in so much suffering that it can’t be cured so there doing them a favor. In reality there not giving them a chance to let time take over and assist with the healing. This reminds me of utilitarianism because in their own way they think this makes the patient feel better and ultimately ends there suffering. What there not thinking of is yes it ends their suffering for a short while but there entering eternity as a person that has committed suicide. I bring up this point because the bible states someone that takes their own life cannot enter into heaven and will suffer eternity in hell. So even thought the suffering of life is over the eternal and much worse suffering will begin. Know I now there may be some people that don’t believe in this but I am a Christian and fully believe this does happen to someone that takes their own life for no matter the reason. The physician that helps with a patient committing suicide doesn’t get off the hook for thinking they helped a helpless person. If it is discovered that it was an assisted suicide they of course are criminal charges for that. Also assisting someone kill their self knowingly is just as good as committing murder and is very wrong. This is wrong in an American standard and also very wrong in a Christian standard as well because committing murder is breaking one of the Ten Commandments. This can also ultimately cause you to get cast into hell for committing such a vile act. One of the saddest things about it is the patient’s are really going to the physician for help and because the physician runs out of ideas and treatment methods assisted suicide becomes an option. So in the beginning there seeking help and in the end not only do they not get the proper help but they are also convinced that suicide is the only options and then assisted with it. This is truly disturbing and I don’t understand the logic behind the thoughts of how this becomes an option for a physician to help with this. Know sometimes this is not always the physician’s idea; it is common for the patient to ask the physician for help doing this. Recent studies show that 57 percent of physician today has received a request for assisted suicide (endlink.lurie.northwestern.edu). It is true that the number of assisted suicides have decreased over the years due to the fact of modern medicine that helps relieve suffering. However no matter the course or reason this should never happen not even if the patient is in their right mind
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…
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…
English 104 - 407
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,…
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…
Thinking Ethically: Who Gains from Employee Development
AB203: Human Resources Management – 02
May 23, 2014
In simple terms, training and development refers to the imparting of specific skills, abilities and knowledge to an employee. A formal definition of training & development is… it is any attempt to improve current or future employee performance by increasing an employee’s ability to perform through learning, usually by changing…
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. Support…
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…
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…
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…
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…