Physician Assisted Suicide Is A Universal Experience

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“Death is a universal experience. No matter what our culture, our religion, our race, or our country of origin, we will all die. How we approach death, how we think about suffering and grief, and what we believe happens after we die vary based on our culture, religion, and spiritual beliefs. Spiritual beliefs ground our thinking about end-of-life concepts.” -Susan Thrane, MSN, RN, OCN

Over the years voluntary euthanasia, also known as physician assisted suicide (PAS), has been a huge controversy in the United States as well as in other countries. Physician assisted suicide is defined as a doctor knowingly and intentionally with knowledge, means, or both required to commit suicide. It includes counselling about lethal doses of drugs and prescribing such lethal doses or supplying the drugs. As well as the counselling of other means of multidisciplinary interventions such as hospice care, family counselling, and pastoral support. Many questions will arise with such a sensitive topic such as who will be the next to die, who has the legal means, and under what authority do these physicians have the right to commit PAS? This paper will provide information on the opinions of the general public about physician assisted suicide through research papers of others. Additionally it will show the reasons physicians both choose to participate and abstain from participating. The topics will debate and show reason as to: is this a moral act, reasons to…

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