The Philosophy Of Physician Assisted Suicide Essay

2469 Words Mar 28th, 2016 10 Pages
In the original Hippocratic Oath, written in 400 B.C.E., physicians were made to swear that they would “neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will [they] make a suggestion to this effect.” While many physicians to this day fiercely agree with this statement, it would be unreasonable not to reconsider and evaluate a centuries-old perception on physician-assisted suicide. Physician-assisted suicide (PAS) calls for physicians to prescribe lethal medication to patients with terminal illnesses who desire to end their lives. Although the debate over the legalization and morality of PAS is thousands of years old, in the past fifty years the issue has been put under the spotlight with the legalization of the practice in countries such as the Netherlands and Belgium as well as several U.S. states, the first being Oregon. While substantial progress has been made in the movement to legalize PAS, many citizens with terminal illnesses are still refused the choice to end their lives on their terms. The legalization of PAS in the U.S. is simply the humane thing to do as it prevents the unnecessary suffering of terminally ill patients. Furthermore, ending the ban on PAS would treat all patients fairly under the Constitution, and discontinue the unregulated “underground” practice of assisted suicide While PAS might be a popularly debated issue today, some might not even recall hearing about the issue prior to the 1990. The movement for PAS was truly put in the…

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