The Ethics Of Assisted Suicide Essay

839 Words Oct 30th, 2015 4 Pages
Right or Wrong
Physician-Assisted Suicide (PAS) is one of the most controversial, ethical issues in our society today. Physician Assisted Suicide is the voluntary termination of one’s own life by administration of a lethal substance with the direct or indirect help of a physician. Physician Assisted Suicide has its proponents and opponents. Among the opponents are physicians who believe it violates the fundamental principles of medicine. They believe doctors should not aid in suicides because to do so is incompatible with the doctor’s role as a healer. Proponents of assisted suicide agree that patients faced with an inevitable death deserve the right to end their lives on their own term, free of pain and suffering. The two arguments for and against physician-assisted suicide are compelling. I agree that assisted suicide is ethical because free will is a human right. Human rights are basic rights and freedoms that all people are entitled, regardless of nationality, sex, ethnicity, race, religion, language or other status. These rights include civil and political rights, such as the right to life, liberty and freedom of expression. These rights cannot be taken away except under certain conditions. For example the right to liberty can be restricted if a person is found guilty by the court of law. Human rights consist of both rights and obligations. States maintain the right to assume obligations along with duties under international law to respect, protect and fulfill…

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