Physician-Assisted Suicide Essay

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Susan Wolf spent years questioning the ethical and legal aspect of physician-assisted suicide. “As I have before, I oppose the legitimation of physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia.” However, life provided practical experience when her father became terminally ill with cancer and pneumonia. He became weak and dependent. He was left with three choices. He could stay in the ICU, go to the pulmonary care unit, or turn off the feeding tubes and IV hydration. Turning off the tubes was the most difficult choice, but it was the best choice he had. There was no point in prolonging his suffering because death was inevitable.
Statistics show that 100% of people who are born die eventually, but we still consider death a taboo. We don't talk
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“In truth, it was life that answered the question, not logic. In some ways, it would have been psychologically easier, or at least faster, to bring the ordeal we all were experiencing to a quick end.” He had less than six months to live and he was tired from fighting with his ailments. They were both spending time and energy on maintaining his miserable state of being.
Although Susan wanted the best for her father, letting him die was a better decision in this particular situation. They both invested time and money in his medical treatments as soon as his condition was diagnosed. They did all they can to restore his health. When his body and mind became too weak, there was no other option than terminating the machines and letting the man die before he endured any more suffering.
Unlike Susan Wolf, Samuel D. Williams expressed his opinion on assisted suicide and euthanasia differently. “That in all cases of hopeless and painful illness it should be the recognized duty of the medical attendant, whenever so desired by the patient, to administer chloroform, or such other anesthetic as may by-and-by supersede chloroform, so as to destroy consciousness at once, and put the sufferer at once to a quick and painless death...”. Williams was extreme in his opinion that nature enjoys torturing people with diseases for its pleasure, but he was convinced that human beings

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