The Pros And Cons Of A Physician-Assisted Suicide

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So what exactly is considered a Physician-Assisted suicide? Physician-Assisted suicide, is a suicide where the physician provides the necessary means of information and the patient performs the act, and euthanasia is defined as “ the act of bringing about the death of a hopelessly ill and suffering person in a relatively quick and painless way for reasons of mercy, or simply described as a “ mercy killing”. (Back et al) The debate about the legalization of the law and of the steps to intentionally take one 's life to end suffering remains a controversial topic. However, I do believe there are several basic conclusions that can be argued both for and against PAS and euthanasia, that could outweigh the continuously controversial banning of the …show more content…
Each person will present with their own unique set of needs and reasons why they feel the need to hasten to death such as physical suffering, loss of control, indignity and being a burden to others. In a study by (van der Wal et al), patients who were depressed were 4 to 5 times more likely to have made serious inquiries about PAS or euthanasia and that physical pain was a less frequent motivator and let’s face it, if someone wants to die, nothing is going to stop them. Why not have it be controlled, human and orderly. Also, with the misunderstandings related to the two topics PAS and euthanasia, euthanasia is less supported than PAS. If Legalization were accepted, it can help the patient’s die with dignity, save them from a tremendous amount of pain and suffering, Vital organs can be saved allowing Doctors to save other lives, and reasonable laws can be constructed to prevent abuse. According to Emanuel LL, ed. of Regulating How We Die: The Ethical, Medical, and Legal Issues Surrounding Physician-Assisted Suicide, there is already a six step protocol in place with any physician that is hastened with the request. The six steps can be identified as

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