Daniel Callahan was against assisted suicide. And, should this be legal?. Physician-assisted suicide needs to be legalized. The question is whether physicians should help them kill themselves—and whether the law should allow physicians to do so. The assistance of a physician for a terminally ill patient to commit their own suicide, has been a much debated topic in developed countries. This paper will be examining euthanasia and assisted suicide.
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. Even if you wanted to make that choice, the government of the United States has already made this choice for you by illegalizing what is called assisted suicide. This is why I agree that someone should have the choice… Do you think physician-assisted suicide is necessary? Quill 1993 In fact, endorsement of suicide as a therapeutic act would be unprecedented in human history. This idea is a serious problem that many people refuse to acknowledge today. One such a debate has been on the Liberty Interest of the individual on the manner and time that a competent terminally ill patient may choose to end life Hayden, 1999. There is a debate on whether it should be legal or not. Actually they want emotional support and relief from their suffering.
The life of the patient will be reduced to a bed ridden life facing sympathies from friends and family. It can be morally right to forgo some means of preserving life, even foreseeing that this will result in dying more quickly than one otherwise would. It is consistent with the ethics of individualism and personal autonomy. 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. Many religions find assisted suicide unjust, other people fall with the slippery slope argument, and some people say it is against medical ethics. Many terminally ill patients don't want to live without working body parts. The practice of both of these issues reliefs the person that is in pain.
If assisted suicide is legal they can choose to do it and die in a peaceful way instead of w attaining their final day to come while they still suffer. It is quite appropriate to end meaningless and worthless life with medical intervention. This is the sad reality of many people in the United States and most of the world. Whichever the case may be the question arises: should we have the right to choose to die? The society is supposed to give due respect to the individual preferences for assisted suicide and it is also vital for the society to redirect the attention to the responsibility of all people to provide the required care to the elderly, the sick and those with different kinds of vulnerabilities. Euthanasia is the killing of another to relieve their pain; whereas assisted suicide is the practice where an individual assist the person committing suicide. It is a much bigger topic in developed…. However, some religious groups and faiths have always believed in this form of assisted suicide by physicians.
A choice to forgo excessively burdensome treatment does not involve a failure of respect for the intrinsic good of life. The solution lies in caring, not killing the people who are sick, disabled and old. People would be forced to choose assisted suicide over costly palliative medicine. There are many different arguments for and against these topics which have been brought to light recently in New Zealand, with the case of Lucretia Seales being of major discussion. Finally, the practice of assisted suicide should be treated as other practices such as the use of tobacco and alcohol. It is the wastage of scarce health resources to keep people alive who are in a persistent vegetative state.
Oregon, Washington and Montana do permit it, however, and even though their laws in the courts for many years, in the end the Supreme Court did not forbid the states from passing such laws altogether. This will lead to assisted suicide or euthanasia in the society. In the similar manner it can be said that the care and comfort at the end of life of a patient would be improved. In the United States, a person has the right to refuse medical treatment for illness or injury; doctors may also withhold or discontinue treatment; this form of passive euthanasia is generally accepted with some controversy, but the process is drawn out and unnecessary. The next day Gus swallowed a lethal mixture of medications that had been prescribed by his physician, and fell into a deep sleep.
Should Physician-Assisted Suicide be Legal? They would also argue that the healthcare cost would be lowered, which would lower insurance premiums. Implicit in the term suicide, is that life has been prematurely ended due to desperation and hopelessness. According to Breitbart, 2000 , this is not economical and other means of saving cost with dignity preserved may be considered. Yet the law has often lagged behind, and one might even question, with Nitschke: Why do we need law, or physicians, in deliberately ending our own lives? That autonomy should also be extended to persons suffering from terminal conditions in order to control the timing and the manner of death they wish to face Buiting, 2009. This causes a stir of controversy with morals and laws in this topic. Ball states that people are living longer but dying slow and painful deaths from diseases. Appel 2004 affirms that 57 percent of medical practitioners have received patient requests to engage in assisted life-ending acts.
As long as they do not inflict harm on others in the process, they have the moral right to do what they want with their lives. This is a topic that is debated on social grounds and it above all else involves someone making a choice, whether to continue with life or give up the hope and die. I will discuss my own beliefs regarding euthanasia and these special populations. As poverty takes its toll on the human health, it also affects environment in general: Poor areas are well known by the wide spread of infectious communicable diseases, such as typhoid fever and tuberculosis. Under the status quo, some patients suffer from pain 24 hours a day and seven days a week.