Would one rather save a life, or save themselves? Can someone’s life be that bad that they would ask someone to help end it? Euthanasia is an act that happens rarely. Nearly 1 in 5 doctors who care for seriously ill and people reported that they had been asked, on one or more occasions, for assistance in speeding a patient’s death, either by writing prescriptions for lethal drugs or delivering a lethal injection. (http://www. nytimes. com) Euthanasia is the termination of a very sick person’s life in order to relieve them of their suffering.
The physician would provide the patient with information or tools needed to perform the act. Not only is Euthanasia dangerous, but it involves an innocent taking the life of another, and can really hurt loved ones. Sick patients feel overwhelmed by difficult emotions or situations, but it is no reason to kill oneself. Physician assisted suicide, let alone suicide is never the right thing to do. Euthanasia should be illegal in all states. (www. euthanasia. com) Physician assisted suicide, or euthanasia is a violation of the Hippocratic oath.
A new physician is required to swear that they will perform ethical standards. I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody if asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect (www. uic. edu) Physicians are not allowed to do any harm to any individual no matter what the circumstances or reason is. Meaning, whatever decision they make should and needs to be ethical. It needs to be the right thing to do. Physicians need to treat their patients as if they are a member of the family. Putting someone or assisting someone to injure themselves is illegal and should remain illegal.
As a physician, the main job is to take care of the ill, assisting them in anything they need to better themselves, and overall just be there for them, not all physicians preform the act of euthanasia but some get pressured into doing it and are not usually comfortable with it. When a physician assists in someone else’s suicide, they do not commit the action. They are not allowed to make any decision in that. However, the physician can provide the patient with information that allows the patient to cause deadly harm.
For example, a 45 year old woman who just found out she has stage 4 breast cancer wants to die because she knows she does not have a long time. She can submit a request to her physician to terminate any care she is receiving that will make her any better. In the request she can state her reason being that she wants to die. If the physician is aware of her request and reason and participates in the action, he is in violation of the Hippocratic Oath and can get fired. Four types of physician assisted suicide or euthanasia can be committed.
The physician can kill the patient intentionally without the patients permission or request, the physician can kill the patient intentionally with a request, the physician allows the patient to die by stopping any treatment being given, and lastly the physician stops any treatment that he knows will not better the patient. Each of these tupes of assisted suicide can put a doctor in a position of discomfort. Occasionally physicians do this as a patients dying wish and see it as helping their patients end their struggle or doing them a favor, but it is not productive, it causes more harm.
In the UK some families who saw those patients die with assistance saw it as a right. It was discovered that a quarter of responders who have been diagnosed with a deathly illness would rather have an earlier death. Some feel they have lived their life fully and that it is their time to go. (www. ncbi. nlm) Patients requesting the physician to assist them in suicide have either been diagnosed with a terminal illness or feel they have lived enough. It is most common in white people over the age of 60. (www. ncbi.nlm)
A young woman diagnosed with chronic lung disorder believed it was better if she committed suicide herself. She was in too much pain and could not find any healthcare that suited her needs. She did not think of physician assisted suicide because she wanted to avoid getting anyone in trouble. She believed that if she had a death nobody witnessed and it was quiet, nobody would ask questions or get persecuted for being involved. Some say she was selfish for killing herself, but she was looking out for the best for her family. She wanted to end all of her suffering and keep her family sane at the same time.
Her death involved her and only her, no outside figures. (www. ncbi. nlm) The death of Terri Schiavo was an example of assisted suicide. Doctors intentionally withheld food and dehydrated Terri with permission from her family. Some say this was not assisted suicide but they were helping Terri get out of her misery. Some say it was an act of mercy. When Terri was living she was suffering from pain and discomfort, but it was not any right to let her die. Nothing was extraordinary about the care Terri was receiving; she was like any other patient.
Although Terri did not deserve to die, her family says it was her wishes she would not have wanted to live the way she was living and to them it was an act of kindness to benefit her. Her pain is over. Euthanasia is a debatable topic due to people’s different reasoning. (www. lifesitenews. com) Although some people, including myself, see physician assisted suicide or euthanasia as an illegal topic, some may beg to differ. Euthanasia can benefit the person that is ill. If the woman or man who wants to end their life because they believe it is going to end their pain and suffering, they still should not be able to do it.
It most certainly is the patient’s decision but sometimes the patient may be in a delusional state or may not know what is going on around them. It now comes to the question, would one rather save a life, or save themselves? Can someone’s life be that bad that they would ask someone to help them end it? Some people would actually like to save someone else’s life, meaning they would follow any request the patient asks. Some doctors are with the patient throughout the whole process and feel like they are doing no harm to their patient, but in fact, helping them.
Dying patients have the choice to refuse or take any treatment; it is their wish. Doctors are there to keep their patients comfortable through the process of treatment, good days, and bad days. The patient should have a choice with what they do regardless of the condition they are in. If the family joins in the decision, it would make more of a difference. If the patient has a condition that affects their brain or thinking, it could also make a difference. Other than that, the patient should be able to make decisions regarding their life on their own. (www. cfpeople.org)
Although some people find euthanasia beneficial, I propose that it should be made illegal in all states. Currently only 34 states have made euthanasia illegal but I believe it should be all 50. Regardless of what someone says or thinks, nobody should be involved in another individuals dearth. Suicide is bad enough, and even worse when someone else wouild have to take the blame. Instead of thinking how to end the patient’s life, the doctor should spend time on how to make their patient happy. Euthanasia is not a merciful response and is now putting pressure on doctors all around the world.
(www. cfpeople.org) Sometimes people can change their minds about what they would rather do with their lives when faced with a life changing illness, but it should not be and option to have a physician help terminate a living individual. Having euthanasia made illegal in all 50 states would change a lot of things around the world. Doctors can go tio their jobs without worrying who is going to ask for help with killing themselves. If someone is destined to die, it will eventually happen at the time it is supposed to. Speeding something up can result in the death of an innocent person, and a doctor losing their job.
A physicians loyalty belongs to themselves and no other. A doctor rejecting the request for euthanasia will avoid a family’s anger towards the physician and they will not feel as pressured into doing something they do not want to have part in. The fact that someone would want to end their life is something that will change lives. Physician assisted suicide or euthanasia need to be illegal everywhere. No one should be a part of an individual’s death. Whether it is cutting back on medication or taking away food and water, euthanasia is not the correct thing to do.
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