Essay on End Of Life Choices And The Law

894 Words Apr 7th, 2016 4 Pages
End-of-Life Choices and The Law Patients must with weigh the pros and cons of assisted dying when making an end-of-life decision. This is a personal valuation of how one wishes to spend their final days. The benefits of choosing end-of-life are patient autonomy, quality of life, and end of life costs. The pitfalls of end-of-life decisions, for patients with ALS, include not making decisions in time due the unpredictability of the disease, the patient’s value of quality of life may differ from their families, and their end-of-life decision may be illegal. Patient autonomy is a large factor for patient’s suffering with ALS. They want to be able to make decisions about their life and their disease. “For Gloria Taylor and her fellow plaintiffs in Lee Carter the gravamen of their case rested on the principle of respect for autonomy” (Schafer, 2013, p.524). Physicians in the state of Oregon, when surveyed, indicated the primary reason “for issuing lethal prescriptions are the patient’s loss of autonomy (89.9%)” (Coleman, 2010, p.41). Quality of life, when making an end of life decision, has also been reported as important when patients are considering end of life options. The reasons Canadians want control over end of life decisions “are comparable to those in the United States, the United Kingdom, and The Netherlands. The main reasons for such requests were the patients’ desire to influence the circumstances of their death… poor quality of life, and inability to care…

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