Assisted Suicide And The Death With Dignity Act

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Introduction Physician-assisted suicide (PAS) occurs when a physician facilitates a patient’s death by providing the necessary means and/or information to enable the patient to perform the life-ending act (e.g. the physician provides sleeping pills and information about the lethal dose, while aware that the patient may commit suicide). [Carter, 2015]. According to Death with Dignity.org, Oregon, New Mexico, Vermont, Washington and California along with Montana who administrated the Death with Dignity act determining legality through the decision from the court. These following states are currently considering on accepting the Death with Dignity act: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah and Wisconsin. Physician- assisted suicide is a very controversial act, and the determination of legality depends or ethics, laws, safety, and much more. The principles of autonomy merits the consideration of the person believing that people should get the respect making their own decisions. Should Physician Assisted Suicide be legalized with the support of the principles of autonomy? Supporting Argument In the article, “From empathy to assisted dying: and argument”, written by Philip A. Berry; supports physician-assisted suicide advocating that physicians should have empathy towards the patients. Berry states, ” An
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