Assisted suicide is a lonely act which is done in private to help relieve pain in the patient’s body (Varelius 229). Research has proved that assisted suicide contributes to both emotional and psychological trauma to the concerned family. However, some people have argued that assisted suicide is permissible for a person in a dying state. Such a person might have chosen to escape the unbearable suffering at the end of his life and opted for assisted suicide. It is in such a situation where assistance is given to the person to die peacefully. This paper discusses why assisted suicide is performed and the conditions under which it is performed.
An individual autonomy explains why assisted suicide takes place in different scenarios. Due this that many individuals have argued that assisted suicide ought to be legalised. Despite all the arguments, assisted suicide cannot be easily legalised; since it may lead to abuses in a person’s life. There are various social forces that condone the practice making it become a slippery slope to elderly, disabled and poor people. Additionally, many people who are terminally ill cry out for assisted suicide (Longmore 38). The proponents in such a case are not willing to compromise and yield to the demands of the client due to legal reasons. Generally, if the both proponents would adopt utilitarianism and work with one primary goal of reducing pain control, they could manage to help the terminally ill lives.
There are arguments made on an equity basis and claims that assisted suicide is unfair to patients. This is because; patients on dialysis or a respirator can accomplish a relatively simple demise once they decided to. Such acts take place under legal requirements. It is only patients who are dependent on life-support machines that have a choice to die. In addition, these patients wait until the inevitable end when they can opt for assisted suicide. However, there are opponents who have argued that suffering is an aspect of dying based on religious grounds (Longmore 42). They claim that suffering ought not to override morals of the therapeutic calling and ought not to bring about any type of assisted suicide. The difficult cases which lead to assisted suicide are very rare, and people ought not to be assisted to die without their consent.
Some physicians believe that assisting suicide to a patient under his request due to high physical pain, and mental anguish from which the patient is likely not to recover is not an illegal act. They believe that through doing that they will have helped the patient from the physical trauma that was ahead of him. Additionally, the physicians try their best not to participate in assisted suicide by administering the required treatment and providing palliative care to the ill patients. Moreover, they also refer the in critical condition patients to Psychiatrists, hospice workers and reputable clergies who can assess their mental status and end of life choices. Despite referring the patients to other professionals, the physician’s keeps better relationships with the patients that work on reduced assisted suicide cases.
Various arguments have proved that the law and professional ethics come into conflict with one another. Such a case is evident where the physicians have more obligations of assisting suicide when the end has come or not assisting suicide when the end is not yet (Janet, Heald, Felicia, and Joanne 412). The doctors have both social and political obligations to make a domain that energizes moral practices of the drug. Under such circumstances, the physicians are mandated with the duty of ensuring human treatment and care for the terminally ill and reimbursement for end life costs. The law might not support assisted suicide, but when the end of life has come, assisted suicide is performed on the medical ground.
In the United States, forty-four million people try not to have medical coverage, and since the solution is honed in a more biased way, they end up advocating for assisted suicide to reduce the hospital bills. Various families that could not support medical bills advocate for assisted suicide to be done to their loved ones who were terminally ill. However, such actions are not legalised in most parts of the world, and anyone found doing that, will be judged in a court of law (Janet, Heald, Felicia, and Joanne 413). Assisted suicide does not guarantee saving much money; hence, a person should be given the right to live until the very end. It is clear to state that assisted suicide should not be done under financial basis.
“The reason this is important is that the federal government is now placing a price tag on individual lives and if the government ever gets to run health care from Washington, bureaucrats will start making decisions similar to the one made for Randy Stroup” (Herring 274).
The opponents of the suicide claim that decision regarding assisted suicide ought to be made by the patient’s family. However, in some instance, it is not right for such a decision to be made by the patient’s family, especially when he can talk and express his idea concerning assisted suicide (Amundson, and Gayle 55).
Assisted suicide is a lonely act which is done in private to help relieve pain in the patient’s body. Where there is a need for assisted suicide, family members have the right to make the choice on the patient’s behalf. Such a case only happens when the patients cannot speak or express his ideas.
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Janet, Heald Forlini, Felicia Cohn, and Joanne Lynn. “Physician-Assisted Suicide: Expanding the Debate.” Journal of health politics, policy and law 25.2 (2000): 402-14
Longmore, Paul K. “Policy, Prejudice, and Reality: Two Case Studies of Physician-Assisted Suicide.” Journal of Disability Policy Studies 16.1 (2005): 38-45
Varelius, Jukka. “Voluntary Euthanasia, Physician-Assisted Suicide, and the Right to do Wrong.” HEC Forum 25.3 (2013): 229-43
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