Assisted Suicide And Euthanasia Suicide

1578 Words Jun 8th, 2015 7 Pages
Medical professionals face a countless number of challenges on a daily basis. It is important for each individual to reflect upon their own beliefs and morals so that, when caring for patients, it is easier to handle these challenging issues. One of these difficult issues is assisted suicide. Physician assisted suicide (PAS) has been an important ethical concern in medicine in recent years. It is important to understand the various forms of assisted suicide, the legality of assisted suicide as well as the implications it may have for patient as well as healthcare professionals alike.
When considering assisted suicide there are several different definitions that may fall into this general term. Often times “assisted suicide” is confused with “euthanasia”. Tamayo-Velazquez, Simon-Lorda, & Cruz-Piqueras (2012) claim: “’Euthansia’ refers to the direct administration of a lethal agent to a patient by another party (a doctor) with a merciful intent after patients’ explicit informed request. ‘Physician assisted suicide’ refers to a patient’s willful and intentional ending of his or her own life with the assistance of a physician” (p. 678). In recent years, there has been a lot of news coverage concerning the assisted suicide of Brittany Maynard. Brittany was a 29 year old woman diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. She became actively involved in trying to develop an aid-in-dying law in her home state of California. Alternately, euthanasia involves a physician or other medical…
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