Should Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?
Eileen K. Cordova
Instuctor James Hardy
July 11, 2013
SHOULD PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDE BE LEGAL Physician-assisted suicide has been a controversial topic for over a decade now. In today’s society, physician-assisted suicide brings so many ehtical questions as such, who is the true owner of our lives? Should releiving pain and suffering always be the highest priority, or does it occure for a reason? Is God really the Beginning and the End, Alpha and Omega, and the Creator of heaven and earth, including our lives? After all, it states in the Holy Bible that God is in control of our lives, and He tells us we all have a purpose in this world,
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Thhe physician’s role is to affirm life, not to hasten it’s demise. Putting one out of heir own pain and suffering is proving them comfort. Another reason many are against physician-assisted suicide is that they believe it could lead to involuntary euthanasia. Therefore, advocates of this theory think the only way to prevent this from happening is to prevent physician-assisted suicide. Objective’s to casusing death also underlie religious views on assisted suicide. Most of the world’s major religions oppose suicide in all forms and do not condone it, even in cases of suffering, or immediate death. In justification of their position, religions generally espouse common beliefs about the santity of human life, the appropriate interpretation of suffering, and the subordination of individual autonomy to a belief of God’s will or sovereignty. The relief of suffering is an essential part of the physician’s role as healer, as most would agree, and some patients seek assisted suicide because they are in extrreme pain, or suffering greatly. Suffering is a complex process that may exist in one or several forms, including pain, loss of contol and independence, a sense of futlity, and loss of dignity, and fear of dying. It is incumbent upon physicians to discuss and identify the elements contributing to the patient, an address each appropiately. The patient and their family members as well,