The Ethics Of Physician Assisted Suicide Essay

2411 Words Oct 27th, 2016 10 Pages
Brittany Maynard’s story refuel the ethical debate on the use of physician assisted suicide. Oregon’s Death with Dignity law gave terminally ill patients the choice of PAS for end of life decisions. In this paper, the misconceptions for the use of PAS in end of life decisions are explored in detail. The safeguards for the use of PAS explain the difficulty of obtaining the use of lethal medicine. Individual who use PAS are shown in Oregon’s statically data and the misconception of a vulnerable population defines the true user of PAS. Other factor that play a role in deciding for the legalization of PAS are found on the inconsistent use of the Hippocratic Oath in modern-day medicine. Finally, options for the use of alternative to PAS, such as voluntary stop eating and drinking and palliative care, show inadequate treatment for patients who seek hastened death.

Does a person who is diagnosed with a terminal illness, such as cancer, have the right to choose how they would like to end their life at the final stage? This is the question that has been the topic of ethical controversy surrounding an individual’s rights to die on their own terms. The topic of euthanasia and physician assisted suicide, sometimes referred to as physician assisted death, was reexamined following the 2014 case of Brittany Maynard. Maynard was a 29-year-old newlywed woman when she was diagnosed with a malignant form of brain cancer called glioblastoma multiforme (Maynard, 2014). She…

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