Human euthanasia, also known as assisted suicide is a controversial topic that has affected countries worldwide for an extended period of time. Assisted suicide is legal in four countries and the states of Washington and Oregon in the United States of America. Many people would argue that the decision to kill oneself is strictly a private choice that society should not have control over. That opinion assumes that suicide results when competent individuals make independent, reasonable decisions to die that society should not be interfering with. Experts whom have studied suicide found the basic assumption being made in regard to assisted suicide are incorrect. A British study involving the examination of medical records determined, “93% of the patients studied whom either committed suicide themselves or went through with a physician assisted suicide, were mentally ill at the time of their death.”1 This suggests that the majority of people who undergo this treatment are not in the proper state of mind to make a life altering decision. Assisted suicide goes against the beliefs held in several religions and those generally accepted in regard to human morality. Individuals that may be depressed or whom are suffering from mental disparity due to illness may wish to die at the moment, but may change their minds further down the road, an error the doctors cannot undo. With the advancements made in current medical technology and medicine, the road to recovery for a terminally ill patient is possible. By rendering assisted suicide illegal it may prevent many unnecessary or immoral deaths from taking place thereby opening the road to recovery for patients suffering with an issue that would lead them to seek death as the sole solution. Ending a person’s life by way of murder is a practice frowned upon across the world. Suspects who commit murder may face charges and possible jail sentences, thus why shouldn’t a physician who assisted in a suicide face the same potential punishment? People believe that it is morally wrong to commit suicide; therefore it is also morally wrong to aid someone in the act of taking their own life. The decision to take away someone’s life should be entered into with significant consideration and not completed utilizing a procedure in which the individual drinks pentobarbital, a drug, that when ingested or injected will end ones life. Assisted suicide goes against the beliefs held in many religions that suggest God created human life and therefore God is the only figure who should be permitted to end a human’s life. Most religions believe that those who become vulnerable through illness or disability, deserve special care and protection, and that the proper end of life should be in a comfortable, monitored environment rather than allowing the act of euthanasia to occur. Christianity beliefs are that, “Human life is a sacred thing, which should be protected and preserved no matter what state of health that person is currently in since God has a plan for all living and interfering with the plan should not be tolerable”.2 Allowing physician assisted suicide to be legal goes against Christian beliefs and human morality and values as life is viewed as a privilege that should not be taken away so easily. Virtually all religions state that God forbids any form of death sentence or the assisted killing of an innocent person as that is unlawful. There is also the argument of an individual choosing death over life as not being in the proper state of mind. The majority of terminally ill patients whom have suffered for a long period of time may have an underlying mental illness. Some psychologists state, “An attempt at suicide is often a challenge to determine if anyone really cares for the involved person. Seeking physician assisted suicide, rather than just acting solely to kill oneself, may well be a subconscious manifestation of that precise issue.”3 By giving people the choice for a physician assisted suicide…
Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
It’s a matter of life and death. Could you take someone’s life, if it meant ending their misery? This is the dilemma faced by millions of doctors around the world as assisted suicide, the suicide of a patient using doctor prescribed medication, takes a stance in current politics. However, the Hippocratic Oath, taken by all doctors, promises that all lives will be protected and preserved, and is a direct contradiction to the idea of assisted suicide.
Those in the…
Euthanasia Assisted Suicide Debate
HCA322: Health Care Ethics & Medical Law
Professor: Joan Chambers
November 5, 2012
Euthanasia Assisted Suicide Debate
Euthanasia and doctor assisted suicides is an issue that I have by no means had any personal experience with. My research on the question was appealing and enlightening, but did not change my initial feeling on the topic. Throughout this paper I will talk about my belief…
Euthanasia: Legalizing in all states and causes
Euthanasia which is also known as “Mercy Killing” is very popular nowadays. It is ending of life to be relieved from difficult sufferings. There are many cases in euthanasia like; voluntary and involuntary, passive and active. Euthanasia is a lot similar to ‘assisted suicide’. As most people think it should be legal in all states for certain situations because paralyzed people have to suffer a lot because of the pain and doctors , nurses or their…
Is Euthanasia The Only Way Out?
There are no guarantees in life except for one, death. Death is a natural and inevitable phase of the lifecycle. Unfortunately, today there are numerous people who are deadly sick and being kept alive by different medical techniques. Sadly, most of the deadly ill suffer throughout this time and they think that the only way to end their suffering is through euthanasia. Euthanasia is defined as the action of a deliberately ending someone’s life under the impulse…
Assisted suicide has been an uprising issue politically and ethically. Many politicians try to avoid the subject while campaigning merely because it is a topic that’s so complex. The community has a strong feeling when euthanasia is brought into a subject of matter. Euthanasia is Greek for “good death” meaning of ending life in a painless manner. If a person feels as if they want to go due to the fact of some form of suffering, they can ask a licensed doctor to euthanize them, which can painlessly…
Saturday, 9 a.m.
Specific Purpose Statement: To persuade my audience to support legislation for legalized euthanasia in the United States.
Central Idea: Legalizing euthanasia should be supported so terminally ill patients can have this option, and my job is to prove to you how much better life would be for people with these diseases with laws in place.
I. I want you to picture yourself in a hospital room; all of your family is…
April 2nd 2014
Dictionary.com provides the following: eu·tha·na·sia, ˌyo͞oTHəˈnāZHə/ noun
The painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma. The practice is illegal in most countries. This is the dictionary
definition of euthanasia. Euthanasia is a very important and critical topic to talk about. Both sides of this issue can be argued very well. This paper is going to show the negative side of euthanasia, but also show…
Exercise 2: Euthanasia
Euthanasia, sometimes referred to as physician-assisted suicide, is the act of ending a very sick person’s (terminally ill) life to relieve them of suffering. Euthanasia is a topic of intense debate for religious, ethical, and practical reasons. Although illegal in the United States, people should have the right to be able to make decisions to end human suffering whether it be for themselves or their loved ones. How can a right to…
Research Essay – Euthanasia
Euthanasia is a serious moral and ethical issue in today’s world. Rightly so. Approximately 1.2million people in the United States and about 564,600 Americans annually – more than 1,500 people per day are suffering from terminal illnesses (Growthhouse). However, most people think that euthanasia is murdering, even if they believe that suffering is a horrible thing. Being bed-ridden in pain because of a disease or sickness is completely horrifying. Interestingly,…