Euthanasia And Physician Assisted Suicide

1629 WordsDec 19, 20167 Pages
Modern society often contemplates what death will be like. Will death be peaceful or painful? How will our death affect the ones we love? It would seem that most people would desire to die with dignity. Having the choice to die peacefully is a valuable option that every human should be able to make for themselves. For those with terminal illnesses or major health problems, assisted suicide creates options to reduce the amount of suffering the patient must enduring. Dying with dignity could be beneficial for not only the person who is dying, but also the person’s family and loved ones. This option, however, is often viewed as unethical and immoral throughout society. Physician-assisted suicide offers an option for those with health issues but poses various ethical and social issues. Assisted death is practiced in two different ways: euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide. The difference between the two is who is preforming the act of killing. “Euthanasia is preformed by the physician causing the death. However, during physician-assisted suicide, the physician gives the patient the materials need to kill themselves” (Boer, 24). Euthanasia is either voluntary or active. Voluntary euthanasia is performed by a doctor or physician that provides a lethal injection to end the life of a patient who has requested to die. Active euthanasia is preformed by someone who is not a doctor or physician. Physician-assisted suicide is slightly different from euthanasia in that the doctor
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