The Ethical Dilemma Of Assisted Suicide

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There is a very controversial ethical dilemma in the realm of medicine. It is the ethical rock bottom to some, while for others it marks an escape from their doomed state. This controversial topic is called “Physician-Assisted Death”, also sometimes referred to as “Assisted Suicide”. This issue is often an emotionally charged one, as many patients who request this type of service are terminally ill and wish to die peacefully, without pain, and with their dignity intact. Assisted death is not however legal for anyone who is not terminal, “if someone has a chronic illness that is not terminal, that individual is not eligible for assisted suicide under any proposal in the U.S., nor under the Oregon Death with Dignity Act.” (Golden, 2014) Many requests for assisted suicide are usually for one of the following reasons: “Being afraid of what the future may hold, experiencing burnout from unrelenting disease, having the wish and need for control, experiencing depression, or experiencing extremes of suffering, including refractory pain and other symptoms.” (Pereira, 2011) Our current patient is Mr. William Blake. Mr. Blake is 68 years old, married for 40 years. Father and Grandfather too many children. He is a retired school teacher and Sunday school teacher. Mr. Blake has terminal lung cancer, and does not wish to die at the end of a long and drawn out battle with his disease. Mr. Blake has been healthy most of his life, except for his habit of smoking which has caused him
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