The Ethics Of Physician-Assisted Suicide

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Physician-assisted suicide can be the withholding of essential care, but it can also be the administration of lethal drugs either by the patient themselves or by a medical professional to end suffering from incurable diseases (Richmond, 2014). Is it fair to make someone live in chronic pain for the rest of their life when there are options? If someone has tried all options to live and have come to terms with no more options, is it okay to help them end their life? The choices do not come easy and not everyone can make them, there are certain rules and regulations set up by the National Boards and the Supreme Court that must they must follow. These rules are in place to make sure not only the patients are safe, but the healthcare…show more content…
Laws of Physician-Assisted Suicide Fighting for the right to die has been an ongoing battle between the courts and people for a long time, first in 1991, Sue Rodriguez was declined the right to a physician-assisted death. Again in 2011, the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association looked to reverse the Rodrigues case decision in what was called a “Landmark Case” in Carter versus Canada. In February of 2015, the 9 supreme courts ruled that doctors could use assisted suicide in some circumstances provided they fit the rules set out by the Carter ruling (Murphy, 2017). As a result, to the case revisions to the federal Criminal Code for PAD in Canada were made in June of 2016 (Edwards, 2016). The Canadian Nurses Protective Society (2015), explains, “the patient must be of legal age, suffer an “incurable serious illness” and “irreversible decline in capability” resulting in “constant and unbearable physical or psychological pain” (p. 29). To begin the process of medically assisted dying patients need to make a request in writing and two doctors must independently examine the application if accepted a week cooling off period must take place (Richmond, 2014). The applicant must then meet criteria that has been laid out by the legislation; the physician must ensure the decision has been made without any external pressure. The second doctor must agree and if so then the patients wish can be granted and can start on
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