Essay about Physician Assisted Suicide And Suicide

1077 Words Dec 11th, 2016 5 Pages
Physician-assisted suicide (PAS) is now allowed in five different U.S. states, among these are: Oregon, Vermont, Washington, California, and Montana with a court ruling. Montana follows a model where individuals must have a terminal illness as well as a prognosis of six months or less to live. Physicians cannot be prosecuted for prescribing medications to hasten death(Physician-Assisted Suicide Fast Facts, par. 1). PAS is defined as, “Suicide by a patient facilitated by means (as a drug prescription) or by information (as an indication of a lethal dosage) provided by a physician aware of the patient 's intent(Physician–assisted Suicide, par. 1).” Recently the argument between whether or not a state can sanction this sort of action has been gaining airway. We have to consider the conditions and specific scenarios to make a decision regarding a certain case, since this is too much for one person to do we could look into an overview of the issue. There are multiple factors to concerning both sides of the argument. One major point made by most people is whether or not it is ethically right to allow someone to suffer or to intentionally end an individual 's life. Another factor is whether or not a patient has the ability to make a decision without being affected by depression, drugs, peer-pressure, etc. Lastly, an enormous element added to the debate is the medical realm: incorrect diagnosis’, innovative medical equipment and medicines, and the huge cost of medical attention.…

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