Essay Euthanasia And Physician Assisted Suicide

1081 Words May 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
Euthanasia and physicians assisted suicide (PAS) have the same outcome, but are achieved differently. Euthanasia and PAS are similarly defined as the act of painlessly putting a person to death who is suffering from an incurable disease or condition. Euthanasia is where the physician, or doctor, is directly involved in the end of life. In PAS, the physician provides the means to end one’s life but doesn’t directly end the patient 's life. Both, euthanasia and physicians assisted suicide are moral and should be legalized in all states. Whether euthanasia and PAS are moral and ethical has been a controversial topic in the medical field for decades. The ethical issue is based on three topics: mercy, autonomy, and justice. The principle of mercy has two components, not to cause further pain and suffering, and act to end pain or suffering that is already occurring (Battin 19). The principle of medical mercy being
“where possible, one ought to relieve pain or suffering of another person, when it does not contravene with that person’s wishes, where one can do so without undue costs to oneself, where one will not violate other moral obligations, where the pain or suffering itself is not necessary for the sufferer’s attainment of some overriding good, and where the pain and suffering can be relieved without precluding the sufferer’s attainment of some overriding good.” (Battin 18)

Medical mercy isn’t a controversial topic, but whether or not euthanasia falls under medical mercy…

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