Law And History Of Euthanasia And Pas Essay
For some of us, death can be a scary thing. Yet King Solomon once said, “It is better to go into a house of mourning rather than a house of feasting, for death is the destiny of every man and the living should take this to heart” (ESV, Ecc. 7:2). Often times, a hospital can be seen as a house of mourning. People often go there because of an illness, ranging from severe illnesses like cancer to smaller illnesses like a bad cold. Some doctors will even have to take care of patients who will soon pass away. Patients with these illnesses are often called terminally ill, or a patient with a terminal illness. Sometimes, due to their terminal illness, these patients may go through extreme suffering, and when you are a doctor, one of your goals is probably to minimize your patient’s suffering. When dealing with a patient with a terminal illness, a doctor and their patient may go through various end of life decisions. These end of life decisions include: Advance directives, Passive Euthanasia, and Physician Assisted Suicide/Active Euthanasia. Active Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide (PAS) tend to be the most controversial end of life decisions. So how did this come to be? And what exactly is Euthanasia and PAS?
What is Active Euthanasia and Physician Assisted Suicide? Euthanasia is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “the act or practice of killing someone who is very sick or injured in order to prevent any more…