Pros And Cons Of Legalization Of Physician Assisted Suicide

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Legalization of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide continue to be a controversial topic among people, whether they are directly or indirectly involved. Individuals often question the ethical and moral aspects of the process. In the five studies, the researchers aimed to demonstrate the reality of euthanasia and PAS on people who are directly involved, whether it is the terminally ill patient, healthcare providers, or family members involved. The studies illustrate reasons why terminally ill patient might choose to hasten death in face of the downward spiraling of their health condition. In an interview conducted with a patient, the patient said “I myself want to be in control as long as I can, I don’t want doctors and nurses controlling …show more content…
People look to euthanasia and PAS as quick alternative methods to accelerate the process of dying. However, euthanasia and PAS are illegal in most places. Hence, there are many arguments regarding legalization of euthanasia and PAS. Although, there are numerous positive and negative reasons regarding legalization, the cons outweigh the pros. The consequences of administering euthanasia and PAS affect not just the patient, but everyone involved during the process beginning from the moment the individual chooses this method. Legalization of euthanasia and PAS will lead to copious issues such as abuse of PAS, declining end of life care, neglecting alternative treatments. Thus, I believe euthanasia and PAS should not be …show more content…
I think it will lead to a slippery situation from the initial decision to the actual administration. During initial decision process, if terminally ill patients are experiencing declining cognitive ability and cannot make the decision by themselves, they can be easily influenced by family members. Family members might not want to take care of them and bear the financial cost of long-term treatments can influence them to choose euthanasia and PAS. Also, family members might be looking out for monetary gain. The process also involve healthcare professionals and euthanasia and PAS counteract their roles in saving lives and place stress on them to fulfil these requests even if they do not agree with the decision. Throughout the process, abuse of euthanasia and PAD can occur. People can start requesting them for various reasons. Thus, how does one determine whose request to grant and what standards does one need to meet to get their request

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