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Physcian Assisted Death Essay

841 words - 4 pages

Troy Jacobs
4-21-2014

Abstract

When the topic of death arises many people like to avoid the discussion, hence the number of people that don’t preplan their funeral and death plans. Regardless of whether we want to plan or not death is always 100% sure when its time. No human being has lived forever and for humans death is a part of life. Death comes in many different forms, but in the end all of these different forms still lead to only one thing death. Ethically there are two topics that always get everyone talking and is always a hot topic of debate. These two things are the ethical issues between natural death and physician-assisted death. These two forms of death both have ...view middle of the document...

This can be a cruel and unusual death because if the patient is in a extreme amount of pain and death would’ve already occurred if the machines weren’t keeping the patient alive, this can be viewed as cruel. Natural death is definitely the most morally correct way to die. Not everyone agrees that natural death is the morally correct way to die. Which leads to the next topic, physician-assisted death.
Physician-assisted death is frowned upon by some and accepted by some. Physician-assisted death is when there are methods used to speed up or induce the death of a patient. One example would be a physician giving a lethal dose of prescription pills to a patient that is terminally ill, in excruciating pain, and wishes to die. According to the text various faith traditions and ethical guidelines, including those of the American Medical Association Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, prohibit and oppose assisted suicide and active euthanasia, public opinion polls show that U.S. society is divided into thirds on the issue of assisted-death. One-third any circumstances and one-third support it in few cases, but not all. (Morrison, E. E., & Furlong, B., p.195, 2014) This type of death is supported by many people it all comes down to the...

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