Now that I’ve demonstrated that my ethical theory can be used to make educated decisions in situations that we can potentially face daily, how does my ethical theory fit with issues of life or death? My ethical theory focuses more on issues that an individual will face in their everyday life. It does not directly deal with issues of life and death; however you can still go through the core concepts to make a decision. For instance, let's take a look at assisted suicide.
The thoughts of assisted suicide are very mixed. Some people believe that it is a great way to put terminally-ill patients out of the their pain and suffering. They see it as a way for a person to die with dignity after suffering from a painful disease. Others think it is beyond morally wrong for a doctor to intentionally end a patient’s life. They feel that a doctor should not have unnecessary deaths riding, on their shoulders the rest of their career. Assisted suicide goes way beyond the beliefs of medicine and is morally wrong in so many ways.
A woman suffering from cancer became the first person known to die under the law on physician-assisted suicide in the state of Oregon when she took a lethal dose of drugs in March, 1998. The Oregon Death with Dignity Act passed a referendum in November, 1997, and it has been the United States ' only law legalizing assisted suicide since then. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, more than 4,000 doctors have approved of the assisted suicide law (cited in "The Anguish of Doctors,” 1996). The law allows terminally ill patients who have been given six months or less to live and wish to hasten their deaths to obtain medication prescribed by two doctors. The most important thing to notice is that this law does not include those who have been on a life support system nor does it include those who have not voluntarily asked physicians to help them commit suicide. The issue of doctor-assisted suicide has been the subject of the heated dispute in recent years. Many people worry that legalizing doctor assisted suicide is irrational and violates the life-saving tradition of medicine. However, physician-assisted suicide should be legalized because it offers terminally ill people an opportunity for a peaceful death and recognized the inadequacy of current medical practice to deal with death.
Could you imagine being diagnosed with a terminal illness and not having the option of physician assisted suicide? Hearing the physician inform you that you have no other options than to let your illness decide when and how you will die. Physician assisted suicide is the voluntary termination of one’s own life by administration of a lethal substance with the assistance of a physician. Physician assisted suicide should be legalized in all states throughout the United States. When a patient is suffering from a terminal illness they should have the option to be in control of their death, end their suffering and avoid the high medical expenses.
Some states and countries allow physical assisted suicide to patients who are deemed terminally ill. Every year thousands of patients are place in hospice care, only to be given an estimated time frame of how long they have to live. During this time, these patients are suffering from terminal diseases and conditions. In 1994, Oregon became the first state to write the Death with Dignity act into law. For those suffering from terminal illness this was great news. However, this controversial law would soon be repealed in 1997, only to be reinstated in 2006. Ever since then, other states have exercised their rights to adopt similar laws and others have not due to the controversy surrounding this topic. Although some states have endorsed this topic,
On 11/19/16 at 1156 hrs, I was dispatched to Carrollwood 4068 78th Ave Apt 5, Pinellas Park 33781. Reference the complainant’s daughter receiving text messages from her daughter’s boyfriend stating they were going to committed suicide.
In today’s society it is taught that life is a precious gift and to cherish every second that is allowed, but what if it is full of endless pain and misery? Starting hundreds of years ago in Ancient Greece up until modern times with Doctor Kevorkian, physician-assisted suicide, and euthanasia are all highly debated topics that cause both legal and moral dilemmas, but provide patients with benefits such as financial and pain relief. Assisted suicide should be legalized in the United States to prevent pain and suffering for the patients and their families.
Joni at age 17 had mishap that let in a state of quadriplegic and paralyzed from her shoulder down. To her she had no purpose of life anymore. Her situation causes her to feel that she will be an inconvenience to people, because of her disabilities. Joni had to tolerate suffering and hardship, to her there was no point of living this way and wishes to be euthanized. Her wishes for assisted suicide brings an ethical dilemma in a Christians worldview. The dilemma is that suicide is consider a sin and to assist Joni with her request goes against my beliefs. There is a decision that I have to make I can assist her in her request against my beliefs or I can choose not to do it and explain to Joni why is it important not to commit this sin
The equal protection argument for allowing assisted suicide was a challenge against New York law that only let people who were ill and who decided to sustain from life support were allowed to do so, thus that infringed on the equal protection clause right of people who were also ill and who decided to rush to their death but by the administering of a drug were not allowed to do so. According to equal protection laws the state won’t deny anyone within the jurisdiction equal protection of the laws. The latter’s right of equal protection was infringed upon and by putting the equal protection clause into effect it would allow for assisted suicide.
Assisted suicide questions personal values and ethics. Morality, consequences and religious ramifications play a role in the decision to legalize assisted suicide. Support for assisted suicide is support for the freedom of choice: the objections for assisted suicide are support for the right to life.
There have been many debates over time of if suicide is murder, but what about Assisted Suicide? Assisted suicide is when a person helps another person end their life. Helping with the death of someone who wanted to die. Act Utilitarianism sets basis of right or wrong based on if the action causes more pleasure or pain overall. Every person is accounted as equal. This means if an action brings pleasure to one person but harms two people. The action would be deemed as bad because it brings about more pain. This analysis will attempt to answer the lingering questions about Assisted Suicide by using the theory of Act Utilitarianism.
Everyone seems have their own opinion on whether making own decisions is right or not. Is assisted suicide the right thing to do or is it not? Assisted suicide/ euthanasia is when the patient want to die on their own will throughout the process of being medicated with a drug prescribed from a doctor. Assisted suicide is only legal in Washington, Oregon, California, Vermont, and Montana (Procon.org) . There are restrictions to assisted suicide too, to be part in assisted suicide you must be 18 or older, and must have a terminal illness, and or have 6 months or less to live. Although people think it’s not the right thing to do because of a religious point of view or just because they don’t agree that it's okay. Some think that assisted suicide
Assisted Suicide is one of the most debated and opinionated topic in the world today. Currently, the law in the UK has criminalised assisted suicide, with a maximum sentence of 14 years . Kevin Yuill opposes those who are in favour of legalisation. By referencing the floodgates argument he believes that more people who are not in a critical condition will use assisted suicide, thus exploiting the system and leading into a transition to involuntary euthanasia. He also touches on the flaws in the compassionate grounds theory and the breakdown in doctor patient relationships. Alternatively, other theorists and pro legalisation campaigners such as Tony Nicklinson and Ilora Finlay look at the beliefs of autonomy, compassion and individual dignity where if legalised it can end a wide area of unnecessary suffering.