Case 2 What is physician aid-in-dying? Physician aid-in-dying PAD refers to a practice in which a physician provides a competent, terminally ill patient with a prescription for a lethal dose of medication, upon the patient's request, which the patient intends to use to end his or her own life.
Jeffrey and Lonette Stayton Awards for Writing The right to assisted suicide 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.
Others are for it because of their compassion and respect for the dying. Physicians are also divided on the issue. They differ where they place the line that separates relief from dying--and killing.
For many the main concern with assisted suicide lies with the competence of the terminally ill. Many 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 is through assisted suicide. When people see the word euthanasia, they see the meaning of the word in two different lights. Euthanasia for some carries a negative connotation; it is the same as murder.
For others, however, euthanasia is the act of putting someone to death painlessly, or allowing a person suffering from an incurable and painful disease or condition to die by withholding extreme medical measures. But after studying both sides of the issue, a compassionate individual must conclude that competent terminal patients should be given the right to assisted suicide in order to end their suffering, reduce the damaging financial effects of hospital care on their families, and preserve the individual right of people to determine their own fate.
Medical technology today has achieved remarkable feats in prolonging the lives of human beings. For the terminally ill, however, it is just a means of prolonging suffering. Medicine is supposed to alleviate the suffering that a patient undergoes.
Yet the only thing that medical technology does for a dying patient is give that patient more pain and agony day after day. Some terminal patients in the past have gone to their doctors and asked for a final medication that would take all the pain away— lethal drugs.
For example, as Ronald Dworkin recounts, Lillian Boyes, an English woman who was suffering from a severe case of rheumatoid arthritis, begged her doctor to assist her to die because she could no longer stand the pain Another example is Dr.
Khalili] was a pain specialist; he could get any kind of pain medication, but he came to Dr. Terminally ill patients should have the right to assisted suicide because it is the best means for them to end the pain caused by an illness which no drug can cure. A competent terminal patient must have the option of assisted suicide because it is in the best interest of that person.
Medical technology has failed to save a loved-one. But, successful or not, medicine has a high price attached to it. A competent dying person has some knowledge of this, and with every day that he or she is kept alive, the hospital costs skyrocket.
Human life is expensive, and in the hospital there are only a few affluent terminal patients who can afford to prolong what life is left in them. As for the not-so-affluent patients, the cost of their lives is left to their families.
Of course, most families do not consider the cost while the terminally ill loved-one is still alive. When that loved-one passes away, however, the family has to struggle with a huge hospital bill and are often subject to financial ruin.
Most terminal patients want their death to be a peaceful one and with as much consolation as possible. To leave the family in financial ruin is by no means a form of consolation.
Those terminally ill patients who have accepted their imminent death cannot prevent their families from plunging into financial debt because they do not have the option of halting the medical bills from piling up.
Finally, many terminal patients want the right to assisted suicide because it is a means to endure their end without the unnecessary suffering and cost. Most, also, believe that the right to assisted suicide is an inherent right which does not have to be given to the individual.
It is a liberty which cannot be denied because those who are dying might want to use this liberty as a way to pursue their happiness. Terminally ill patients should be allowed to die with dignity. Choosing the right to assisted suicide would be a final exercise of autonomy for the dying.
They will not be seen as people who are waiting to die but as human beings making one final active choice in their lives. On the other side of the issue, however, people who are against assisted suicide do not believe that the terminally ill have the right to end their suffering.
They hold that it is against the Hippocratic Oath for doctors to participate in active euthanasia.The American Nurses Association, which represents million registered nurses, has clearly stated that:" the nurse should not participate in assisted suicide.
Such an act is in violation of the Code for Nurses [ ] and the ethical traditions of the profession." . Michael H. White, J.D. Physician-assisted suicide should be a lawful medical procedure for competent, terminally ill adults, because it is a compassionate response to relieve the suffering of.
Nov 20, · Debate: Should Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal? Several states allow doctors, in certain circumstances, to help terminally ill people end their lives. First, it is well settled that homicide is illegal except in certain very limited circumstances, such as self-defense.
Similarly, many states expressly outlaw homicide of one's self, or suicide, though this is usually not prosecuted criminally. The problem with physician assisted suicide is the assistance. In this essay, I would like to make a comparison of both among people who think doctor assisted suicide is a right that people have and those who think that suicide is illegal and immoral.
Then, I would come with a conclusion that doctors who aid a patient to commit suicide are illegal and unacceptable, which should be penalized according to the law. Assisted suicide should be legal. Denying patients disabled by terminal illness the right to choose how to die is a denial of their freedom of choice.
Maynard decided to move to Oregon, where physician-assisted suicide is legal. Under Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act.