October 27, 2012
A Right or a Wrong?
Rapid and dramatic developments in medicine and technology have given us the power to save more lives than was ever possible in the past. Medicine has put at our disposal the means to cure or to reduce the suffering of people afflicted with diseases that were once fatal or painful. At the same time, however, medical technology has given us the power to sustain the lives (or, some would say, prolong the deaths) of patients whose physical and mental capabilities cannot be restored, whose degenerating conditions cannot be reversed, and whose pain cannot be eliminated. As medicine struggles to pull more and more people away from the edge of death, the plea that tortured, deteriorated lives be mercifully ended grows louder and more frequent. Under present law, suicide is not a crime, but assisting in suicide is. Whether or not we as a society should pass laws sanctioning "assisted suicide" has generated intense moral controversy.
Supporters of legislation legalizing assisted suicide claim that all persons have a moral right to choose freely what they will do with their lives as long as they inflict no harm on others. This right of free choice includes the right to end one's life when we choose. For most people, the right to end one's life is a right they can easily exercise. But, there are many who want to die, but whose disease, handicap, or condition renders them unable to end their lives in a dignified manner. When such people ask for assistance in exercising their right to die, their wishes should be respected. Furthermore, it is argued, we ourselves have an obligation to relieve the suffering of our fellow human beings and to respect their dignity. Lying in our hospitals today are people afflicted with excruciatingly painful and terminal conditions and diseases that have left them permanently incapable of functioning in any dignified human fashion. They can only look...
...Jordie Mayfield Mayfield 1
October 21, 2011
AssistedSuicide; right or wrong.
An elderly person in a nursing home, who can barely understand a breakfast menu, is asked to sign a form consenting to be killed. Is this right or wrong? Assistedsuicide also known as euthanasia is defined as “the practice of ending someone’s life in order to release incurable suffering.” (“Euthanasia” 711) Many people who seek help in ending their lives have an agonizing disease and are in great pain. It may also occur when incurably ill people ask their physician or friend and or relative to put them to death or allow them to die. Some believe medical practitioners may cause harm to patients if they are given high doses of pain-killing drugs that could cause death. Euthanasia is categorized in different ways: voluntary, non-voluntary, active and passive (involuntary). Active euthanasia is the injection of lethal drug. “Active euthanasia involves direct action by a physician or caregiver to induce death in a patient.” (“Euthanasia” 711) Passive euthanasia takes place when a physician with holds or with
draws life-sustaining medical treatment, allowing an individual to die of natural causes. (711) in some cases physicians provide lethal drugs that patients can take to kill themselves. Voluntary euthanasia implies...
...The Right to Commit Physician-AssistedSuicide
Physician-assistedsuicide is suicide by a patient facilitated by means or information (as a drug prescription or indication of the lethal dosage) provided by a physician who is aware of how the patient intends to use such means or information (“Physician-assistedsuicide”). Physician-assistedsuicide should be accessible to the incurably ill patient. Allowing a patient to have this freedom could, for one, bypass tremendous pain and suffering. Also, the right to die should be a fundamental of each person, and this would give him or her that power. Another reason why it should be permitted is without physician assistance, people may commit suicide in a messy, horrifying, and traumatic way.
To begin, physician-assistedsuicide is allowing a patient the freedom to bypass tremendous pain and suffering. When favoring this method some can see that life no longer counts as human life when its quality and meaning are gone (Forman 12). For starters, Doctors have enough knowledge and experience to know when a patient’s days are numbered, especially in a terminal cancer situation (Messerli). Some cancer can result in a slow, agonizing death. Letting a patient choose an easy escape route could help free them from the knowledge of...
...The Right to Die:
Legalizing Physician AssistedSuicide
In this report people who do not want to suffer lingering, painful deaths, the state should have no right to enforce the prolongation of life someone in pain who doesn't want to live anymore. No one should be forced to continue living if they do not have the will to live anymore. Physician assistedsuicide could be the answer to a lot of problems. Physician assistedsuicide is defined as “the act of bringing about the death of a hopelessly ill and suffering person in a relatively quick and painless way for reasons of mercy.” Based on a recent study, 57% of physicians practicing today have received a request for physician-assistedsuicide in some form or another. Not only could legalizing be a blessing to society, but the government could also greatly benefit from legalizing physician assistedsuicide as well. I will discuss Physician assistedsuicide and why we as U.S citizens should have the right to die. It protects
The Right to Die: Legalizing Physician AssistedSuicide
If someone wants to take their own life, obviously they have a reason for that, you may not think it’s a good reason, I may not think...
... AssistedSuicide I
Running Read: AssistedSuicideAssistedSuicide: Pros and Cons
Assistedsuicide is one of the most controversial topics of today. I will provide two sides of this issue. My goal is to reach those close-minded individuals who are unable to see both sides of the issue and then take a stance. This issue may be a little hard to grasp especially for those who are spiritually minded whose beliefs conflict with the idea of assistedsuicide.
According to an opinion presented on debatewise.org “Death is an option that people should have because death is similar to the options we already have. We are allowed to take risky choices for our own benefit, such as tobacco, or alcohol, as long as we know the consequences of the act. Similarly, choosing death is one form of choice that has benefits with minimal risk, and we do not see why death is an exception”. I agree with this because everyday people do things fully aware of the consequences of their actions. The person who gave their opinion cited tobacco and alcohol but for me the list is more extensive. For instance women have the right to an abortion despite the controversy surrounding it. Women choose to have their tubes tied when they decide they do not want any...
...and painless, illegal death. Assistedsuicide, also known as Euthanasia or mercy killing, is the act of a doctor helping a patient with an incurable disease leave this world painlessly and with personal consent. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to lose all control over your own body? To lose the ability to talk, eat, walk or read, making you incapable of doing anything other than just being there? To live in constant fear that every next painful breath you to take might be your last. Everything that you do normally without thinking, would now become a struggle. Many people who are diagnosed with incurable diseases want to be able to die gracefully and on their own terms but are not permitted to do so. Reasons like this are why assistedsuicide should be legalized for people with incurable diseases. Euthanasia should be a right granted to all citizens who are suffering from a degenerative, fatal, or painful condition that would enable them to enjoy their lives as healthy people do. There is much controversy on this subject, and frankly, it should not be up for discussion. It is not up to society to make decisions that infringe upon the rights of the physically ill. Firstly, it would allow the ill to practice their rights, it would grant doctors the opportunity to do their primary job in society, which is helping people. Euthanasia would save money that...
Today there are millions of people who are living with a terminal illness. Many of these people are basically waiting to die. Modern medicine can either do nothing more to help them or they have enacted their right to refuse treatments. Whichever the case may be the question arises: should we have the right to choose to die? This paper will be examining euthanasia and assistedsuicide. It will begin by first defining what euthanasia; it will also be looking into the different types of euthanasia; there is passive and active. Next I will share my own personal feeling on the issue of euthanasia. I do believe in certain circumstances that euthanasia should be allowed; after all the law does support a human beings right to determine what will be done their own body. Each person is going to have their own view of the issue; my opinion on it is not going to be the same as someone else’s. Then this paper will define and describe the special populations that are presented on the Pro/Con website as well as how this population might be adversely affected by euthanasia. I will discuss my own beliefs regarding euthanasia and these special populations. And finally this paper will look at the laws concerning physician assistedsuicide in Texas. It will compare and contrast theses laws against Oregon’s Death with Dignity...
...often labeled compassionate, according to the columnist for the Wall Street Journal, Joni Eareckson Tada, legalized assistedsuicide or euthanasia is really a deadly double standard for those with severe disabilities, both conditions that are labeled terminal and those that are not. She seems to be of the opinion that euthanasia should never be considered an option no matter how severe or subjective suffering the person is facing. In the article, Tada claims that legalization of euthanasia, “sends a clear message that a person with a disability may not have a life worth living” (1). She touches on euthanasia in The Nethlands and Belguium . She stands for a powerful example of a person with this depilating condition, in this case quadriplegia, can accomplish in spite of her condition. However this is somewhat of a bias perspective because it implies that she has put a measure on the subjective pain this condition and similar to it entails. There should be certain conditions set in order to qualify for euthanasia so that it is an option for people who want it but we can also make a system to prevent people from misusing it. We were granted free will which includes the right to end our life when we chose.
There does not need to be this all or nothing attitude towards assistedsuicide and the disabled. Tada argues, “this ruling sends a clear message that a person with disability may not have a life worth...
When I think about the meaning of “Life” I think about the things that make me happy, living to the fullest and having the ability to do what I want at my own free will. To what point do we decide when the experience of being a human being ends? Is it based on the functioning of the body, or the brain?
Today’s doctors are now performing what is known as physician-assistedsuicide, which is when a doctor sets up a machine, but the patient actually kills him or herself. The right to assistedsuicide is a significant topic that concerns people all over the United States. The debates go back and forth about whether a dying patient has the right to die with the assistance of a physician. Some are against it because of religious and moral reasons, and some are for it because of their compassion and respect for the dying. Physicians also take a big role on this issue. They differ where they place the line that separates relief from dying--and killing. The main concern with assistedsuicide lies with the competence of the terminally ill. Terminally ill patients who are in the final stages of their lives have requested doctors to aid them in exercising active euthanasia. It is sad to realize that these people are in great agony and that to them the only hope of bringing that agony to a halt...