Essay on The Issue Of Physician Assisted Suicide

1876 Words Oct 9th, 2014 8 Pages
Going back to researchers Boudreau & Somerville: “In PAS, a physician, at the request of a competent patient, prescribes a lethal quantity of medication, intending that the patient will use the chemicals to commit suicide. In short, in assisted suicide, the person takes the death-inducing product; in euthanasia, another individual administers it. Both are self-willed deaths” (Boudreau & Somerville, 2014, pg. 2). For this paper my main focus will be on the issue of physician-assisted suicide. I am interested in other countries attitudes about the practice as well as the legality in other countries including but not limited to the United States. Also I am interested in the research that has been put into the issue of euthanasia more specifically physician- assisted suicide. Because the intent of euthanasia is to end suffering, and physician- assisted suicide provides the means to do such, the practice should not be illegal. People suffering from debilitating often-painful health diseases should have the right to choose when and how they are going to die provided they meet requirements as we have seen in the case of Brittany Maynard.
The attitudes towards euthanasia and assisted suicide vary in different countries. One research study used a study questionnaire to include 7 Vignettes. Psychiatrists and one Social Worker conducted this research study. In this study, researchers Bergman-Levy, Azar, Huberfeld, Siegel, and Strous (2013, pg. 404) surveyed a sample total of “103…

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