Physician Assisted Suicide : The Voluntary Termination Of One 's Own Life

1095 Words Oct 28th, 2016 5 Pages
Physician Assisted Suicide is the voluntary termination of one 's own life by administration of a lethal substance with the help of a physician. It is a very controversial topic, both medically and ethically. Many people believe that allowing this would be a huge disservice to the medical profession, and that it violates what the job stands for. Doctors are supposed to heal people, and work their best to improve life. By allowing the use of lethal medication for terminally ill patients upon request, they send a message saying that some lives are not worth living. Others feel like people should be allowed to do whatever they want with their own bodies. People with a deathly illness, who have gone through psychological testing, should be able to die with dignity instead of prolonging the inevitable. The big question remains: Should medical professionals, under certain means, be allowed to assist patients determine the circumstances of their deaths?
Euthanasia is the painless killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease or in an irreversible coma. Countries such as the Netherlands, Belgium, Columbia, and Luxembourg allow euthanasia. Switzerland, Germany, Japan, Canada, and certain places in the United states, including Washington, Oregon, Vermont, Montana, and California allow assisted suicide. The two practices are legally distinct, but moral arguments remain on both sides.For the purpose of this essay, euthanasia and physician assisted suicide will be…

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