The Moral And Ethical Dilemmas Involving Euthanasia And Physician Assisted Suicide

1542 Words Dec 7th, 2016 7 Pages
It is cruel to force a dying patient whose pain cannot be controlled with medication to continue living. It is well known that many terminally ill patients die in terrible pain. Assisted Suicide has always been a controversial issue within healthcare. The moral and ethical dilemmas involving euthanasia and physician assisted suicide has often lead to heated debates as to what should and shouldn’t be allowed within healthcare and the law. It is my belief that physician assisted suicide (PAS) should be legal throughout the U.S. PAS will allow terminally ill patients to die with dignity and to be able to end their lives on their terms.
One of the first things that should be discussed is to determine what exactly Physician Assisted Suicide actually is. Many people assume PAS is the exact same as euthanasia. This is incorrect. Euthanasia is when a lethal dose of barbiturates is administered by a doctor or health provider. PAS on the other hand is when a patient is prescribed a lethal dose by a health care provider, but the dose is ultimately administered by the patient himself. This difference allows the provider to avoid any Hippocratic conflicts as well as allows the patient to take this significant choice as their own decision. Physician-assisted suicide is for an adult who is in a rational, competent state of mind; is inflicted with a terminal illness with a severely reduced life span; and whose physical and mental suffering happens to be unbearable despite the best medical…

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