The Right to Die Whether or not to legalize physician-assisted suicide is a controversial issue debated today. Many people believe that “it is inhumane, cruel and even barbaric to make a suffering person, whose death is inevitable, live longer than he or she wishes” (McCuen 101). The state of Florida should pass an initiative allowing physician-assisted suicide, but for reasons much more logical and rational than it simply being inhumane. One major reason why this initiative should be passed in Florida is that it will relieve our Healthcare programs from spending money that it really needs right now. A large amount of money is spent by Medicare and Florida citizens in keeping the dying alive; this is money that could be used to care for the living. Another important reason why an initiative allowing physician-assisted suicide should be passed is that it will protect Americans’ constitutional rights and liberties. Finally, America lives by the fundamentals of Democracy and majority rule. Passing this law will fulfill the wants of most people. First off, passing this law can greatly help our financially-troubled state’s Medicare program and Healthcare in general. Healthcare is not cheap. Twenty-two percent of Americans said that between one-hundred and five-hundred dollars a year comes out of their own or their families’ pockets for health care costs; fifteen percent (the next highest percentage) said that over two-thousand dollars a year comes out of their pockets for health care (American 105). A lot of families struggle to continue paying for medication and treatment for terminally ill family members, using money that they need to support themselves and keep themselves healthy. This is a financial burden that can be avoided by allowing physician-assisted suicide (since most people who feel like they are a burden to their families would most likely choose this option). In addition to money coming straight from their pockets for their own family members, Americans also pay taxes that fund Medicare. “More than half of Medicare spending is for hospital care…” (American 211). This is because of the constant hospitalization and long hospital stays of terminally ill Americans. According to CBS News, Medicare paid fifty billion dollars in hospital and doctor bills during the last two months of terminally ill patients’ lives; Dr. Ira Byock told 60 Minutes that “it costs up to $10,000 a day to maintain someone in the intensive care unit” (The Cost). Florida Medicare is in struggles; according to the National Hospice and Palliative care Organization, Florida’s forty-two hospice systems…lost a combined thirty-eight million dollars in Medicare funding in 2010 and hospices nation-wide faced four-hundred million dollars in cuts in 2011 (Azam). These facts clearly show how Medicare is being exhausted, with spending for care for the terminally ill being a big factor to the financial strain, and legalizing PAS could provide a good solution to protecting our depleting funding source. On another note, the rights and better interests of the patients are just as important as the needs and better interests of society as a whole when it comes to this issue. Here in the United States of America, our citizens have constitutional rights and liberty interests. The Fourteenth Amendment/The Due Process Clause extended fundamental rights of people to include various elements of personal privacy (McKhann 200). The right of independence in making important decisions is therefore given by the Fourteenth Amendment. When and how to die is an extremely important decision that, according to the constitution, should be able to be made by every person if the opportunity to choose is given to them. In Compassion in Dying v. The State of Washington, it was determined by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that the terminally ill have the constitutionally protected right to determine when and how they want their own death to take place as a liberty interest
The Right To Die
A couple of years ago my mom’s friend Patty was diagnosed with a deadly disease called multiple sclerosis which they had no treatment for and was slowly eating her insides away. She had always that she didn’t want to suffer to this horrible disease and wanted to be put out once it reached a certain point. The only problem is that in the state of Florida you aren’t allowed to have a physician aid you in giving medication to kill someone or also known as Euthanasia. So in order…
questioning whether she wants to continue on with her life. Does she have the right to die? Or is that morally wrong? Despite the emotional pull of stories like this, I believe evidence leads to the conclusion that we should not legalize euthanasia or physician assisted suicide. Instead, our society should embrace a life-giving health care system that includes compassionate care for the dying, and educating patients about the right to refuse troublesome medical care.
Before delving into euthanasia or…
Ms. E. Guevara
English II T/Th 2nd
6 February, 2015
Right to Die
About five years ago, my grandmother was diagnosed with Melanoma. She was given a
year to live, and in that one year, it advanced aggressively. Her strength faded, the light in her
eyes dimmed, and she was no longer the carefree, patient grandmother my siblings and I grew up
with. Those last twelve months were spent in and out of the hospital and eventually hospice. She
was in very noticeable pain,…
The Right to Die
As American citizens, we are guaranteed certain indisputable rights, defined in the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.” Yet, thousands of terminally ill patients are being denied these essential democratic rights as they determine end of life care. Doctor assisted suicide is an…
The right to die
It is your 189th day in hospital; 4536 hours looking at the same lemon-coloured walls, the same 30 uneven ceiling tiles, the same blinking florescent light. You are barely able to move, talk or even look at your family. Every second of your life is spent in unimaginable pain and there is nothing you can to do to stop it. From now on, every single day for the rest of your life you will be waiting for the release of death to finally take the agony away. You can see the stress and…
The Medical Professionals Influence on the Right-to-Die Movement
March 31st, 2015
As humans, we often question the amount of control that we have over our own lives; do we make all the decisions, or is our life in the hands of somebody else? The Right to Die Movement addresses this idea through the belief that individuals should ultimately control the time and circumstances of their own death. The movement fights for the opportunity of both…
accident. Lennie would have gotten tortured. This quote illustrates euthanasia. Some people believe that God put them on earth to live their lives from the day they’re born until the day they die; otherwise it would be a sin to end it early. While on the other side many people think a person should be able to die on their own terms and not let the disease take them. The topic of euthanasia is very controversial to modern day people.
Euthanasia is “the provision by a doctor, consciously and legally…
This paper will highlight the main arguments as to why physician-assisted or the act of being euthanasia should be a right granted to all people suffering from a terminal illness and do not wish to live with the pain they have any longer. The reasons physician-assisted suicide should be legal is because it gives a terminally ill patient the right to die as well as the option to die with dignity, it prevents health care officials from illegally ending patients lives without their consent, and by offering…
Today I will discuss the issue of euthanasia. An issue which has torn our country apart morally and socially. It has left the Australian community at a standstill on whether an individual has the right to choose when and how they should leave this world.
In examining this issue, i will be looking at the various stakeholders that euthanasia influences, it is easy to see it is not only complex, but crucial to respond to as a first world society/country.
The painless killing of a person suffering…
and an attack on humanity itself. Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) and Euthanasia became highly controversial ethical issues in the United States, however, key events such as different interpretations of the 14th Amendment, an individual's right to life, right of privacy and the socio-political impact of possible legalization brought these issues into legal and political prominence during the 1960's to 1980's.
One of the major turning points in the perception of Physician-Assisted suicide happened…