Essay on Physician Assisted Suicide And Euthanasia

800 Words Dec 12th, 2015 4 Pages
There has been a lot of debate over whether or not physician assisted suicide or PSA/E is morally permissible. This paper will cover both physician assisted suicide and euthanasia, which has not normally been argued in one discussion. This paper will argue that PSA/E is morally permissible and will include the most prominent objections also. Topics covered will include quality of life and individual rights, and the correct use of physician assisted-suicide. The utilitarian argument of less suffering and comparing the euthanization of animals to the euthanization of humans will also be discussed. The objections that will be discredited include the exploitation of the doctor 's lead role as a healer, fear of abuse, and that the alternatives to active euthanasia should be used instead. The paper will attempt to counter the objections outlined. The purpose of this paper is to make an all-inclusive argument to support physician assisted suicide and euthanasia.
In order to discuss PSA/E I think it is necessary to know the definitions of both physician assisted suicide and euthanasia. According to Miriam Webster, physician assisted suicide is suicide by a patient facilitated by means of a drug prescription of lethal dosage prescribed by a physician who is aware of how the patient intends to use such means. Euthanasia, however, is a little more complicated. There is voluntary and involuntary euthanasia. Voluntary euthanasia is implemented upon request of the patient while…

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