Physician Assisted Suicide And Euthanasia Essay

1232 Words Dec 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
Physician Assisted Suicide: The Right to Die
How do you measure a life? Better yet how do you measure how to deal with “end of life” decisions? Do you measure life or death by dignity, choice, compassion or understanding? This essay will bring to light some of these answers to these questions in terms of Physician-assisted-suicide. A topic that is still heavily debated throughout the world. Many people believe that legalizing physician assisted suicide is irrational, inhumane, and goes against the lifesaving practice of medicine. However, physician assisted suicide should be legalized because it offers terminally ill patients the opportunity to die with dignity and put an end to the intolerable suffering that consumes them. Physician-assisted suicide (PAS) is the act in which a physician provides a competent terminally ill patient with the necessary means and information to enable the patient to end one’s own life (Hawkins, 2002). Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia are just a few forms of physician aid in dying and although they may have similar goals, physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia differ in whether the physician participates directly in ending a patient’s life. Voluntary Passive Euthanasia is the withdrawal of life sustaining treatment in agreement with the wishes of the patient, surrogate, or proxy (). Voluntary Active Euthanasia occurs when a medical provider or some other person administers a lethal dose of a drug to a patient upon the patient’s…

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