Studies Show That A Percentage Of Family Members Of The

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Studies show that a percentage of family members of the dying patient also express support for their loved one to die peacefully and of their own volition. Many do not wish to see the patient suffering when there is no way to alleviate the emotional and physical pain they are experiencing. They watch them deteriorate, become hopeless, detached, and ultimately struggle and suffer until the end of life. Scientists studied done on the practice of PAS in the United States, in the five areas it is legal, 355 oncologists were surveyed on their experience with physician assisted suicide. In 73.7% of those cases, the family was in support of the decision for PAS (Emanuel et. al., “The Practice of Euthanasia”). Not only does it upset the families…show more content…
al., “The Practice of Euthanasia”). Similar to family members, it is difficult for the doctors to watch someone die of a terminal illness and experience him slowly lose his ability to do even the easiest of tasks. Terminally ill patients feel a great sense of hopelessness at the end of their life and may feel no desire to continue it. The physician who seeks to remove pain and suffering from patients would do what is in their power to aid these patients. When treatment is no longer an option, assisted suicide is a way for these physicians to help their patient one final time. In a study done by Emanuel and colleagues, 54% of physicians in the United States were in favor of legalizing physician-assisted suicide (Emanuel et. al., “Attitudes and Practices of Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide”). Legalization of physician-assisted suicide in all 50 states would not be without precedent. Five U.S. states, Oregon, Washington, Vermont, Montana, and most recently California have all passed a Death with Dignity Act. This law gives the right to die through lethal medication to a legal adult deemed mentally capable. The requirements of the law are very extensive; the decision for receiving this care is not taken lightly. The patient is deemed mentally competent to “make and communicate health care decisions” and the prognosis must be six months or less to live (Death with Dignity Act Requirements”). The patient does not immediately receive the medication upon request.

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